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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 Mobile Payments Guide - Fall 2015 Take out your mobile phone at checkout and presto, you've paid! There's a little more to it than that... Consumer Action’s Mobile Payments Guide details how popular mobile payment systems work and what to consider when deciding to make mobile payments. ( Monday, October 26, 2015 )

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Five Recent Publications

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.

Put a Lock on It - Seminar Lesson Plan and Activities

Put a Lock on It - Seminar Lesson Plan and Activities Protecting your online privacy. The 31-page Put a Lock on It lesson plan, available only as a PDF download, guides community educators through a 2.5-hour workshop that includes three activities designed to give participants an opportunity to practice what they've learned. The lesson is designed to be used with the companion Put a Lock on It PowerPoint presentation.

Put a Lock on It

Put a Lock on It Protecting your online privacy. 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.

Privacy and control for social media users

Privacy and control for social media users How much do you want to share?. This brochure presents the potential privacy risks in social networking and prepares social media users to make wise choices about what they share and who they share it with. It includes information about how to use the privacy controls on social networking websites and apps and offers tips for enjoying social media while still protecting your personal privacy.

Health Records Privacy in California (Chinese)

Health Records Privacy in California (Chinese) 當醫療記錄數據化以後,你應確保個人隱私權. This fact sheet provides an introduction to electronic health records and your health information privacy rights. To learn more, refer to the companion resource, Health Records Privacy in California: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, which provides additional information in a Q&A format.

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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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