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Plumas Bank announces commitment to respecting data by becoming a 2023 Data Privacy Week Champion

Plumas Bank just announced its commitment to Data Privacy Week 2023 by registering as a Champion. As a Champion, the local bank supports the principle that all organizations share the responsibility of being conscientious stewards of personal information. This year’s initiative emphasizes educating businesses on data collection best practices that respect data privacy and promoting transparency

Data Privacy Week is an annual expanded effort from Data Privacy Day — taking place from January 22 – 28, 2023. The goal is to spread awareness about online privacy among individuals and organizations. The goal is twofold: to help citizens understand that they have the power to manage their data and to help organizations understand why it is important that they respect their users’ data.

Plumas Bank Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Aaron Boigon, commented, “Securing our clients’ data is a top priority at Plumas Bank. It’s important to note that everyone has a responsibility to protect their personal data. A few simple ways to protect your data are to create strong passwords and change them often, install trusted computer security software, and check your social media accounts privacy settings regularly. Throughout this week follow Plumas Bank’s social media (Facebook and LinkedIn) for tips on protecting your privacy.”

The National Cybersecurity Alliance has offered up the following themes to help guide individuals and businesses to better data privacy practices:

Data: The Story of You

All your online activity generates a trail of data. Websites, apps, and services collect data on your behaviors, interests, and purchases. Sometimes, this includes personal data, like your Social Security and driver’s license numbers. It can even include data about your physical self, like health data – think about how a smartwatch counts and records how many steps you take.

While it’s true that you cannot control how each byte of data about you and your family is shared and processed, you are not helpless! In many cases, you can control how you share your data with a few simple steps. Remember, your data is precious, and you deserve to be selective about who you share it with!

For Businesses: Respect Privacy

Respecting the privacy of your customers, staff, and all other stakeholders is critical for inspiring trust and enhancing reputation. According to the Pew Research Center, 79% of U.S. adults report being concerned about the way their data is being used by companies. By being open about how you use data and respecting privacy, you can stand out from your competition.

Be transparent about how you collect, use, and share consumers’ personal information. Think about how the consumer may expect their data to be used. Design settings to protect their information by default. Communicate clearly and concisely to the public what privacy means to your organization, as well as the steps you take to achieve and maintain privacy.

For more information about Data Privacy Week and how to get involved, visit https://staysafeonline.org/programs/data-privacy-week/.

About Plumas Bancorp and Plumas Bank

Plumas Bancorp is headquartered in Reno, Nevada.  Plumas Bancorp’s principal subsidiary is Plumas Bank, which was founded in 1980 in Quincy, where it is headquartered. It is a full-service community now operating 14 branches: twelve located in Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta and Sutter counties and two branches located in Nevada, one in Reno and the other in Carson City. The bank also operates three loan production offices located in Butte and Placer County and one in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Plumas Bank offers a wide range of financial and investment services to consumers and businesses and has received nationwide Preferred Lender status with the United States Small Business Administration. For more information visit their website at www.plumasbank.com.

About Data Privacy Week

Data Privacy Week began as Data Privacy Day in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the Jan. 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. NCA, the nation’s leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness, leads the effort in North America each year. For more information, visit https://staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-week/.

About the National Cybersecurity Alliance

The National Cybersecurity Alliance is a non-profit organization on a mission to create a more secure, interconnected world. We advocate for the safe use of all technology and educate everyone on how best to protect ourselves, our families, and our organizations from cybercrime. We create strong partnerships between governments and corporations to amplify our message and to foster a greater “digital” good.  For more information, go to https://staysafeonline.org.

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