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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 Consumer Action INSIDER - August 2016 The August issue of the Consumer Action INSIDER offers information on CFPB activities and class action lawsuits as well as updates on coalition activities. This month we also introduce a new guide to finding the right job training school; send you a "Save the date" for our upcoming 45th anniversary in Washington, DC; tell the tale of a consumer outraged by Uber's "surge pricing"; update you on our efforts to restore your right to join class action lawsuits; and take a look back at our Healthy Children project to prevent lead poisoning and other environmental threats to children’s health. (Monday, August 01, 2016)

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Five Recent Publications

What’s not to ‘Like’?

What’s not to ‘Like’? Protecting your privacy on social media. Online sharing is a hugely popular pastime. This publication presents the potential risks of oversharing on social media and provides specific tips and tools for participating in social networks while also protecting your privacy and staying safe online.

Watch out! Online video and your privacy

Watch out! Online video and your privacy. While consumers now have many more options for how, where and when they watch video, they also face new risks to their personal privacy. This publication makes viewers aware of the privacy issues raised by video streaming and video sharing technology as well as what they can do to protect themselves.

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.

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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.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

EPIC Alert. The EPIC Alert, a bi-weekly publication of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington DC, covers issues related to privacy and civil liberties in the information age.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Privacy on the Web: Is It a Losing Battle?. Privacy on the web is the topic of this article which examines online tracking, data mining and behavioral advertising.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Patient’s Guide to HIPAA. This guide explains how you can use the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to protect your medical privacy.

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