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Privacy Tip #312 -Impersonation Fraud Increased During Pandemic

Another fall-out from the pandemic is that impersonation fraud has increased dramatically. According to the Federal Trade Commission, “the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a sharp spike in impersonation fraud, as scammers...

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Privacy Tip #310 – Gift Card Scams Rampant During the Holiday Season

Gift card scams continue to be one of the most frequently-reported scams to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). According to its recent Scam Alert entitled Scammers are tricking more people into...

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FTC Releases Guidance on Negative Option Marketing

The Federal Trade Commission released a new enforcement policy statement on October 28, 2021, targeting the practice known as “Negative Option Marketing.” Negative Option Marketing is the practice of taking consumers’...

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Federal Trade Commission Amends Safeguards Rule for Non-Banking Financial Institutions

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a Final Rule on October 27, 2021, amending the Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information, known as “the Safeguards Rule,” under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which is...

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Privacy Tip #304 – Scammers Impersonating IRS Employees with Economic Impact Payment Scheme

This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a Scam Alert to consumers notifying them that scammers are impersonating employees of the IRS promising a third Economic Impact Payment if they...

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FTC Takes Aristotle International Off the COPPA Safe Harbor List

In an unusual but significant move, on August 4, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) removed Aristotle International from the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Safe Harbor List. There were...

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Smart Toys and How they May be Invading our Privacy

While smart toys can be useful educational tools for children, they also present some potential privacy risks and could invade what is traditionally considered a private space. Think about it—the thought...

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Privacy Tip #288 – Scammers Take Advantage of Shortage of Rental Cars

Another post pandemic fallout is the fact that rental car agencies have sold their fleets, for obvious reasons. In doing so, there aren’t enough rental cars for all of us who...

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Privacy Tip #285 – FTC Warns of Increase in Illegal Auto Warranty Robocalls

Robocalls continue to be irritating and their increased frequency is distracting and exhausting, at least in my experience. We can usually spot them when our caller ID says “potential spam” or...

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Privacy Tip #279 – IRS Imposters Targeting Students and Faculty

How many times can we say that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will NOT email or telephone you? We will say it again. If you receive a telephone call, email or...

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