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Celebrate Data Protection Day by making your own video!

Young Europeans between the ages of 15 and 19 years are invited to take part in the “Surf the internet – think Privacy” competition which was launched this week at www.dataprotectionday.eu. The challenge is to create a 30 to 90 second video to illustrate the theme of data privacy and data protection. As entries start coming in, you can visit the online competition gallery to rate the uploaded entries. The most popular videos will then be judged by a panel of experts.

In the lead up to Data Protection Day on 28th January 2009, European Schoolnet has launched the competition in partnership with Microsoft to better understand how young people feel about data protection online, especially when they join web communities. The competition will run until 15th January 2009, when online voting will also finish.

A special section of the competition invites schools and youth clubs in different countries to team up to produce a joint entry “tandem video”. Winners in both the individual and “tandem” sections of the competition will win a two day trip to Brussels to take part in the Data Protection Day event on 28th January, plus Xboxes. At this event the runners up will be awarded cash prizes for their school or youth club, winning videos will be featured and outright winners will have the opportunity to meet with eminent jury members.

Learn more about the competition by visiting the website at www.dataprotectionday.eu which will be open for submissions from now until 15th January 2009.

For further information, please contact:
+32 2 790 75 77
+32 484 057 513

Further information
a) About Data Protection Day
Data Protection Day is celebrated on 28 January and is an opportunity for European citizens to become more aware of personal data protection and of their rights and responsibilities in that regard.

b) About European Schoolnet
European Schoolnet (EUN) is a unique not-for-profit consortium of 31 ministries of education in Europe created in 1997. EUN provides major European education portals for teaching, learning and collaboration and leads the way in bringing about change in schooling through the use of new technology (see www.europeanschoolnet.org or www.eun.org).

c) About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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