Daines, Montana Leaders Mark Data Privacy Day

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines along with Montana’s statewide leaders today marked Data Privacy Day.  

Data Privacy Day is celebrated worldwide on January 28, recognizing the role that technology plays in Americans’ everyday lives and the need to take steps to safeguard individual privacy.

“Our personal information has become a form of currency,” Daines stated. “Hackers are everywhere and we need to take action to ensure our data is secure. I’m pleased to see our state’s leaders coming together to raise awareness about the need to protect privacy.”

Senate Majority Leader Fred Thomas: “As our lives become increasingly digitized it’s more important than ever that private citizens protect themselves from those that would seek to do them harm. I strongly encourage Montanans to heed the warnings and information that Attorney General Tim Fox released today and continue to education themselves on how to best protect their privacy online.” 

Montana State Auditor, Matt Rosendale: “As we become ever more connected online, we must increase our vigilance to protect our data. Montanans should take extra caution when handling their financial or health information on any electronic device or digital platform. Avoid sending sensitive data on public Wi-Fi networks, make sure that your connection is secure, use strong passwords, and watch out for phishing and scams.”

Daniel Zolnikov, Chair of the House Energy, Technology and Federal Relations Committee: “Protecting our data privacy is a modern issue that will only become increasingly important. Montana can lead the nation in striking the balance between security and freedom. There are a number of bills this year in the legislature that will protect the rights of Montanans and safeguard our digital communications and student data.” 

Montana Secretary of State, Corey Stapleton: “The privacy of Montanans needs to be respected as well as protected. Individuals and small businesses alike can be susceptible to identity theft. As Montana’s business officer, I’m pleased to see our state’s leaders coming together to educate and equip Montanans with tools to keep their data secure.” 

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, Elsie Arntzen: “As digital technologies become an increasingly important tool in education, my office is dedicated to safeguarding student data. As educators, we have a responsibility to protect student privacy each and every day. It is also important to teach children about the steps they need to take to ensure their own data security and safety as they become more connected to technology.” 

Daines is also introducing a U.S. Senate resolution marking Data Privacy Day. The resolution is available HERE.