The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) today released the following statement on the eighth annual Data Privacy Day in the United States:
"Retailers are at the cutting edge of the 21st century digital economy and want to continue to provide the innovative solutions for their customers. Retailers also realize there are risks that every sector of the U.S. economy must guard against. Nation state actors, cybercriminals, and hacktivists are increasingly targeting American businesses on a scale not seen before. In the face of these cyber-attacks, retailers are committed to fostering and enhancing customer trust, which is why we support a federal data breach law to provide consumers the clear communication they deserve and give businesses a single, national standard when cybercriminals defeat defenses and steal sensitive data." – Nicholas Ahrens, Vice President for Cybersecurity and Data Privacy at RILA.
About Data Privacy Day
Led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. The Day commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108 – the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. On January 27, 2014, the 113th U.S. Congress adopted S. Res. 337, a nonbinding resolution expressing support for the designation of January 28 as "National Data Privacy Day." Ghostery is the Leading Sponsor of Data Privacy Day while ESET and Intel are Contributing Sponsors. Participating Sponsors are Alston & Bird LLP, Lockheed Martin and Morrison & Foerster. Small Business Sponsors include the Churchill Club, the Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing and Scheller College of Business, Golden Frog, PRIVATE WiFi, PRIVACY REF, Reputation.com and SnoopWall. The official hashtag of Data Privacy Day is #DPD15.
RILA is the trade association of the world's largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.