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Privacy Information is a project of Consumer Action, a national non-profit consumer advocacy and education organization. The legal right to privacy has been recognized in the U.S. since the late 1890s, but its roots go back to this country's founding. The Privacy Information Project focuses on personal privacy and why it is important to be careful about who has access to your personal information.
 
 

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CA News Logo Credit Reporting Issue - Winter 2015 The credit reporting issue of Consumer Action News covers some welcome changes in reporting rules and the dispute resolution process, explains how consumers can access free credit scores and deal with delinquent debt on their reports, and throws light on the rights and challenges for job seekers and data breach victims. ( Wednesday, December 16, 2015 )

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Put a Lock on It - Protecting your online privacy (Chinese)

Put a Lock on It - Protecting your online privacy (Chinese). 本文提供互聯網用戶相關重要資訊,以確保他們及其家人在利用互聯網的種種優點時,可以安全無慮。各項主題內容包括如何安全鎖定個人網絡帳號及手機應用程式、使用電腦及行動通訊器材購物和理財時各項安全要點、使用社交網站時如何保留個人隱私,以及怎樣避免不受歡迎的內容及通訊資料。     This fact sheet gives Internet users the knowledge to keep themselves and their families safe while taking advantage of the many benefits of being online. Topics include securing your online accounts and mobile apps, shopping and banking safely on a computer or mobile device, preserving your privacy while using social media, and avoiding unwelcome content and communications.

Put a Lock on It - Protecting your online privacy (Vietnamese)

Put a Lock on It - Protecting your online privacy (Vietnamese). Bản tin xác thật này giúp người sử dụng mạng điện toán mở rộng kiến thức để bảo vệ họ và gia đình khi tận dụng nhiều lợi ích trên mạng. Các đề tài bao gồm bảo vệ trương mục mạng điện toán và các ứng dụng (apps), vào trang mua sắm và ngân hàng an toàn trong máy điện toán hay di động, giữ kín được các tin tức riêng tư khi dùng mạng xã hội, và tránh nhận các nội dung và thông tin liên lạc không muốn.

This fact sheet gives Internet users the knowledge to keep themselves and their families safe while taking advantage of the many benefits of being online. Topics include securing your online accounts and mobile apps, shopping and banking safely on a computer or mobile device, preserving your privacy while using social media, and avoiding unwelcome content and communications.

Put a Lock on It - Protecting your online privacy (Korean)

Put a Lock on It - Protecting your online privacy (Korean). 이 안내서는 인터넷 사용자들에게 인터넷의 많은 장점들을 활용하면서 자신들과 가족들의 안전을 보호할 수 있는 정보를 제공합니다. 온라인 어카운트 및 모바일 앱의 보안, 안전한 컴퓨터 또는 모바일 쇼핑 및 뱅킹, 소셜 미디어 사용 중 개인 정보 보호, 그리고 원하지 않는 정보와 대화 방지 등의 주제를 다루고 있습니다.

This fact sheet gives Internet users the knowledge to keep themselves and their families safe while taking advantage of the many benefits of being online. Topics include securing your online accounts and mobile apps, shopping and banking safely on a computer or mobile device, preserving your privacy while using social media, and avoiding unwelcome content and communications.

Put a Lock on It - Protecting your online privacy (Spanish)

Put a Lock on It - Protecting your online privacy (Spanish). Esta hoja informativa le ofrece a usuarios de Internet el conocimiento para que tanto ellos como sus familias se mantengan seguros mientras aprovechan las varias ventajas de Internet. Los temas incluyen cómo asegurar las cuentas de Internet y aplicaciones móviles, seguridad en las compras y operaciones bancarias por computadora o dispositivo móvil, cómo mantener la privacidad en las redes sociales, y cómo evitar contenido y comunicaciones no deseados.

Put a Lock on It - Powerpoint Slides

Put a Lock on It - Powerpoint Slides Protecting your online privacy. The Put a Lock on It PowerPoint presentation, available for download in the "Download File" section, is designed to be used with the 31-page companion Put a Lock on It lesson plan.

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Recommended Publications

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Preparing Millennials to Lead in Cyberspace. Young adults, also known as millennials (ages 18 to 26), hold the key to close the cyber talent gap. Having grown up in a digital environment, millennials are well positioned for these cybersecurity careers, since they are at the stage when they need to choose a profession and will be in the workforce for several decades. This survey reviews U.S. millennials’ career interests, level of career preparedness and their online attitudes and behaviors.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Chronology of Data Breaches. Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has been tracking breaches since 2005 and publishes a Chronology of Data Breaches.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Protect Your Child from ID theft. The California Office of Privacy Protection (COPP) has released a fact sheet for consumers on how to check their child's credit records and other ways to protect them from identity theft.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Are social networks “friends” with law enforcement?. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a privacy coalition partner with Consumer Action, has released more information on how the government seeks and obtains personal information from social media companies like Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace. EFF asked the Department of Justice and other federal agencies for copies of guides, not previously made public, that these sites send out to law enforcement explaining how agents can obtain information about users and what kinds of information are available. The guides reveal that social networking sites have struggled to develop consistent, straightforward policies to govern how and when they will provide private user information to law enforcement agencies.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

An online guide to practical privacy tools. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) publishes on its website a comprehensive and useful list of ways to protect your privacy, from how to surf online anonymously to keeping your emails from prying eyes.

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