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The third Data Protection Day: The best "Surf the net - think Privacy" videos awarded

The winners of the “Surf the net – think Privacy” competition – a pan-European video competition run by EUN and powered by Microsoft - were awarded on the third Data Protection Day event on 28 January 2009. The competition invited young people to express their views and concerns about online privacy. The winning video, “ID”, created by Ilinca Razvan, Alexandru Coman and Cosmin Bogdan from Romania, showcases how ‘public’ one’s identity can become online.

Of the over 70 creative short films by youth aged 15-19 years old, the jury felt that the winners' video effectively raised important concerns over vulnerabilities of online activities.

John Vasallo, Microsoft Vice President of EU Affairs, commented that “this is a fabulous opportunity: to ensure privacy means giving people control over the use of their personal information through innovative technology and to educate young Europeans as well as policymakers to some of the threats they encounter online. Working together, the coalition you see today is changing the way e-skills education is done in Europe..”

Marc Durando, Executive Director of EUN, agreed that “This is an important initiative in helping people understand the risks of online behaviour. By working with schools, teachers, and students, we are creating a framework which allows everyone to benefit as much as possible from the amazing opportunities of the internet. On a personal note, it was invigorating to see so many exceptional entries in the video competition.”

The annual Data Protection Day aims to raise awareness about data protection and privacy and address growing concerns surrounding online activity, bringing together the Council of Europe, the European Commission, European Parliamentarians and partners from across Europe. 

This year, Data Protection Day focused on engaging young European citizens about personal data protection and privacy, as well as their day-to-day rights and responsibilities. At the event, a panel discussion paid special attention to the use of new technologies amongst young adults.

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