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Privacy protection can reduce stress, says privacy chief

Alexander White, the Privacy Commissioner (Photograph supplied)

Bermudians are encouraged to learn more about stress management and data privacy throughout this month.

During National Stress Awareness Month, held every April since 1992, people can learn more about how stress affects their health as well as how to manage it in their personal and work lives.

According to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, stress and data privacy can affect a person’s safety and wellbeing.

A spokeswoman for the office said: “Promoting awareness of both topics and taking steps to protect individuals’ personal information can help people manage their stress more effectively while also ensuring their privacy.

“To promote stress awareness and effective stress management, it is important to ensure that individuals feel comfortable talking about managing stress and seeking help and support without fear of their personal information being compromised.

“At an organisational level, this can be achieved by implementing strong data privacy policies and procedures to safeguard individuals’ personal information.”

What are stress and data privacy?

Although experienced in different ways, stress is defined as a physical, emotional or mental strain or tension.

Data privacy refers to the protection of someone’s personal data, including sensitive information, from unauthorised access, use or disclosure.

Privacy is a fundamental right that is defined in several international human rights standards, including the Council of Europe and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

• To contact the Privacy Commissioner, call 543-7748, e-mail engagement@privacy.bm, or book a consultation online

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Published April 12, 2023 at 7:32 am (Updated April 12, 2023 at 7:32 am)

Privacy protection can reduce stress, says privacy chief

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