As we enter Data Privacy Week 2024, TIC Council offers its unwavering support to the global community working towards a more secure and empowered world for individuals.

In my role as Director-General of TIC Council, the global trade association representing the testing, inspection, and certification sector, I have witnessed a sizeable increase in cybersecurity threats and data breaches. As a technology user myself, I grapple daily with the intricacies of managing my digital footprint and safeguarding my personal information.

The TIC sector plays a pivotal role in society in terms of the data economy, artificial intelligence and Internet of Things. Our members test software and hardware against connectivity, cybersecurity, privacy and safety requirements (such as verification of the existence of privacy and cybersecurity features). They function as gatekeepers - ensuring that only software and hardware that is compliant with basic cybersecurity and privacy requirements find their place on the market.

At TIC Council, we firmly believe that public awareness, through informed discussion, plays a vital role in expanding privacy and cybersecurity norms to everyone. For these reasons, we endorse the mission behind Data Privacy Week: to equip everyone with the knowledge and tools required for data empowerment.

We also support the 4 practical pieces of advice designed to regain control over your data:

  • Review and adjust privacy settings: Take a proactive approach to managing your privacy settings on social media platforms, apps, and online services. Regularly review and adjust permissions to align with your comfort level.
  • Embrace encryption: Utilise end-to-end encryption whenever possible, securing your communications and transactions from prying eyes.
  • Educate yourself: Stay informed about the data practices of the services you use. Understand the implications of data sharing and make conscious choices in alignment with your privacy preferences.
  • Secure your devices: Implement robust security measures on your devices, including strong passwords, multi-factor authentication, and regular software updates.

We look forward to partnering with the global cybersecurity and privacy community to create a safer and more secure world. It is with this commitment that TIC Council stands proudly behind Data Privacy Week 2024.

Hanane Taidi,

Director General