81R5888 SKA-D
  By: Giddings H.R. No. 187
         WHEREAS, The Internet and related broadband technology
  connect more than 1.4 billion people worldwide, and while these
  advances provide unprecedented opportunities to share information
  and expand knowledge, they also raise serious data privacy issues;
         WHEREAS, Many individuals are unaware of data protection and
  privacy laws and of steps that can be taken to help protect the
  privacy of personal information online; Data Privacy Day was first
  organized in January 2008 to promote awareness and generate
  discussion about data privacy practices and rights; and
         WHEREAS, Privacy professionals, academics, legal scholars,
  business executives, and government officials from the United
  States, Canada, and Europe are working together again in January
  2009 to further the discussion about data privacy and protection;
  moreover, educators and privacy professionals are discussing data
  privacy and protection issues with young people in high schools
  across the country; and
         WHEREAS, The information age has brought unimagined
  technological advances with an extraordinary capacity to collect,
  store, and share data, and understanding data privacy is the first
  step toward ensuring the privacy of personal information online;
  now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 81st Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize January 28, 2009, as Data Privacy Day
  in Texas and encourage all Texans to learn more about data privacy
  and to take action to protect their personal information.