Rhinebeck Bank Celebrates Data Privacy Day; Encourages Community to Take Measures to Protect Online Identity

Rhinebeck, New York — Rhinebeck Bank has announced that Data Privacy Day is this Wednesday, January 28th, and is using the opportunity to encourage the general public to take steps to prevent identity theft.

Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in 2008, expanding upon the European Data Protection Day celebration that was already in existence. This date was chosen because Convention 108 was signed into law on January 28, 1981.  Convention 108 is the first legally binding international treaty centered on privacy and data protection measures.  Data Privacy Day, celebrated annually, is an international effort to promote respect for privacy, safeguarding of data and development of greater trust.

“The digital marketplace has exploded over the past decade. With more business and financial transactions being done online, we are all more vulnerable to potential identity theft. We want our community to understand the actions needed to help protect their privacy,” stated Michael J. Quinn, President & CEO of Rhinebeck Bank. “It is also critically important that people monitor their bank statements and credit reports to spot any unusual activity,” he continued.

“By empowering people with the knowledge of how their personal data is used, and helping them to understand the risks of their behaviors, we keep them educated and hopefully safer from fraud,” states Quinn.  Rhinebeck Bank, last October, created an online quiz and knowledge center to offer education on cyber security and to provide resources to gather more specific information.  This online quiz can be found at www.RhinebeckBank.com in the Newsworthy section.

Sometimes the best advice is just good common sense.  Rhinebeck Bank encourages customers to keep passwords in a safe place, change passwords often and limit exposure of personal information online. Also when making purchases or financial transactions online, the best practice is to be sure to only visit a  credible website with an SSL certificate, which allows for secure connections online.

For more information, visit staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day or, to consult with a member of the Rhinebeck Bank team on identity protection, call 845-454-8555 opt 3 for Customer Solutions or visit www.RhinebeckBank.com.