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Competition “Surf the net – think privacy!” for teenagers

Winners will be invited in Brussels to meet eminent jury members and take part in the Data Protection Day events on 28 January 2009

To celebrate Data Protection Day on 28 January 2009, EUN in collaboration with Microsoft just launched a new competition, inviting young people aged 15 to 19 years old to express their views and concerns about online privacy. Winners will be invited in Brussels to meet eminent jury members and take part in the Data Protection Day events where they will be awarded prizes.

Most of us often upload information online without giving much thought to whether this is personal data and how this information might be accessed or used in the future. This competition aims at raising awareness on the importance of protecting private information, especially in new web 2.0 environments such as social networking sites and blogs.

From 17 November 2008 to 15 January 2009, pupils in teams that shall not exceed six persons, and supervised by a teacher or another youth leader are invited to create a 30-90 seconds video of 10 MB maximum to illustrate the theme "Surf the net – think privacy!". Schools from different European countries are also invited to work together. A special prize for the purchase of equipment will reward the best "tandem video".

As entries start coming in, you can visit the online competition gallery to rate the uploaded entries. The winning videos will be featured during the prize award ceremony.

If you feel concerned about the use of your personal information and privacy risks online, and would like to share your thoughts about this in a creative way, please visit our website: www.dataprotectionday.eu