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CA News Logo Consumer Action INSIDER - May 2022 This month's INSIDER features stories about our recent activities, including a webinar exploring the impact of COVID on small businesses and a project using FinTech to improve financial wellness. Hotline Chronicles relates a woman's difficulty in receiving her income tax refund after attempting to have it sent to a prepaid card. And, we announce new settlements in our Class Action Database. (Sunday, May 01, 2022)

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Five Recent Publications

Take action! Exercise your rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (Chinese)

Take action! Exercise your rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (Chinese).

加州消費者隱私權 (CCPA) 賦予居民關於公司企業所收集的有關他們私人資訊的重要權益。這本指南詳細解說了CCPA 《加州消費者隱私權》 所涵蓋的對象和內容,同時也有詳細說明個人如何行使自己的權利,並提供對於個人資訊及數據應如何保密的要訣。

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) gives residents important rights regarding the personal information that businesses collect about them. This guide explains who and what is covered by the CCPA, describes how you can exercise your rights, and offers tips for keeping your personal data under wraps.

Take action! Exercise your rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (Spanish)

Take action! Exercise your rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (Spanish).

La ley California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) otorga a los habitantes del estado importantes derechos sobre la información personal que las empresas recopilan sobre ellos. Esta guía explica qué y quién está protegido por la CCPA, describe cómo puede ejercer sus derechos y ofrece consejos para mantener sus datos personales protegidos.

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) gives residents important rights regarding the personal information that businesses collect about them. This guide explains who and what is covered by the CCPA, describes how you can exercise your rights, and offers tips for keeping your personal data under wraps.

Press release: Survey shows Californians are still unaware of privacy rights

Press release: Survey shows Californians are still unaware of privacy rights Greater educational outreach, better rights notices would help residents get more out of the California Consumer Privacy Act. Consumer Action and Consumer Federation of America announce in this press release the launch of their California Privacy Initiative, a project supported by the Rose Foundation, and aimed at educating Californians about the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and encouraging them to exercise their CCPA rights.

Executive Summary: Survey Shows Too Many Californians Are Still Unaware of Privacy Rights

Executive Summary: Survey Shows Too Many Californians Are Still Unaware of Privacy Rights. This brief report highlights the key takeaways from of a survey of 1,507 California adults regarding their awareness of and experience with some key provisions of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

Survey Report: Too Many Californians Are Still Unaware of Privacy Rights

Survey Report: Too Many Californians Are Still Unaware of Privacy Rights. A survey of 1,507 California adults revealed that many Californians are unaware of their rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), while others found that exercising their rights was too complicated, or they were not entirely satisfied with businesses’ responses. This report lays out the revealing results of this survey, commissioned by Consumer Action and Consumer Federation of America (CFA) as part of their California Privacy Initiative.

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Recommended Publications

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Data Privacy Laws: What You Need to Know. There is no one comprehensive federal law that governs data privacy in the United States. Instead, there is a complex patchwork of sector-specific and medium-specific laws, including laws and regulations that address telecommunications, health information, credit information, financial institutions, and marketing.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Tech Support Scams and Tricks. Con artists behind tech support scams impersonate reputable technology companies to interact with would-be victims over telephone, via websites or by means of rogue software. The logic of such schemes is to persuade the user that their computer is infected with viruses, generating suspicious network activity or having system activation issues. The goal is to trick victims into paying for troubleshooting services they don’t need.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

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

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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.

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.

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