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International Data Privacy Day Spreads

America is joining a global recognition of data privacy today.

The House of Representatives has approved a bill declaring today National Data Privacy Day. Several states were also planning to recognize January 28 as data privacy day.

Meanwhile, there will be shred-ins, educators and privacy professionals will lead discussions with pre-teens, teens and young adults about privacy and data protection, and Data Privacy Day has its own site on Facebook.

This is the second year in a row that America has participated in International Data Privacy Day. Last year's effort got financial support from Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL), IBM (NYSE: IBM), Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) and Quintiles.

It was also backed by various organizations, including the U.S. Federal Trade Commission; the Delegation of the European Commission in Washington; and the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners.

The House of Representatives on Monday overwhelmingly approved Bill H. RES.31, expressing support for the designation of January 28, 2009, as national privacy day. Sponsored by Representative David Price (D-NC) and co-sponsored by 50 other representatives, it was approved 402-0.

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