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  • Holly Petraeus, Military Family Watchdog Slated for Consumer Protection Agency PostFinancial Literacy, Government, Consumer Protection, Blog

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    One of the highest priorities of this nation must be the passionate and zealous defense of our defenders. With hundreds of thousands of American military personnel stationed around the world, tens of thousands in hot zones where they live from minute-to-minute in harm’s way, we must never waver in our commitment to provide the best armor, most advanced weaponry, cutting-edge equipment, ample supplies, thorough training and sophisticated intelligence so that they have whatever they need […]

  • Prioritizing Financial Literacy in 2011Financial Literacy, Blog

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    In the last two years, consumers were the beneficiaries of more financial reform legislation than America has seen in generations. Over the recalcitrant foot-dragging of the financial industry, which (enabled by government inattention and consumer irresponsibility) arrogantly caused this nation’s biggest economic crisis since 1929, Congress finally passed basic reforms that empower consumers to take better control over their financial lives. Consider the legislations that have passed in the last two years: The CARD Act […]

  • Mac Attack: Data Breach At McDonald’sData Security, Blog, Identity Theft

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    The list of major American consumer brands that have suffered data breaches this year has grown by one in the last few weeks. But it’s a big one – McDonald’s™. The company was recently victimized by data breaches that left the personal data of its customers exposed to cyber criminals. The fast food giant fumbled a major e-mail campaign last month, leaving a wide-open gap for online scammers to lift key data like names, birthdays, […]

  • FTC “Do Not Track” Proposal: Q&A With A Privacy AdvocateBlog, Privacy

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    Earlier this month the Federal Trade Commission formally announced a new world order that would provide more privacy options for Internet users. The cornerstone of that proposal is a universal “Do Not Track” mechanism that would allow web consumers to block access to online marketers. The proposal is viewed by privacy groups as similar to the FTC’s 2004’s “Do Not Call” registry, which gave consumers the option to block unwanted telemarketing calls to their homes. […]

  • Employment Credit Checks – Why Leave Anything to Chance?Blog, Personal Finance

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    No doubt about it, in today’s turbulent financial times it is a buyer’s market when it comes to getting a job. Employers have access to a virtual cornucopia of qualified talent, all competing for a limited number of jobs, and a unique understanding of how cyberspace and credit reports can be effectively utilized to better vet applicants. According to the Washington-based Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), 47% of U.S. companies conduct credit checks on […]

  • ID Theft Watch: One iPhone App Too ManyBlog, Privacy, Identity Theft, Technology

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    My name is Adam and I own an iPhone. In that regard, I’m not alone. I have about 85 million fellow iPhone “friends.” Sure, that’s about 415 million fewer friends than Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook. But still, 85 million is no trifling number. Even more telling, The New York Times reports that iPhone users are purported to be more sexually active than Blackberry or Android users. While flattering, I can’t vouch for that […]

  • Colorado’s Pot Plan: Orwellian Surveillance or Sound Law Enforcement?Government, Blog, Privacy

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    Here’s a news item that makes me sit back and scratch my chin: Colorado lawmakers and regulators are creating the nation’s first surveillance system to track the sale of medical marijuana. The state will use video cameras to track pot sales. It’s also considering additional tracking measures including fingerprints of prescription holders and radio frequency chips on pot plants. The goal is to make sure that pot buyers actually have prescriptions and that customers buy […]

  • Rocky Mountain Low: Colorado Court OKs Identity TheftBlog, Identity Theft

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    Study after study shows that identity theft is one of the most devastating crimes an American can experience. That’s particularly true of Social Security theft, a growing threat to U.S. consumers in this, the digital age, where personal information is much as a commodity as ball bearings or Buicks. According to Javelin Strategy & Research’s 2010 Identity Fraud Survey Report, identity breaches are a huge problem in the U.S, with 32 percent of all identity […]

  • Three Strikes, the Identity Thief is OUT!Blog, Identity Theft

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    Accused identity thief Timothy Barnett is making history in a way he never planned. The Los Angeles con man is the first alleged white-collar criminal ever charged under California’s three-strikes law. He faces 23 felonies. If convicted of any of them, he could spend the rest of his life in prison. There are those pundits who say that’s draconian because three-strikes usually is used to punish violent criminals like murderers or bank robbers. But I […]

  • Big Privacy Breaches, Big ConsequencesBlog, Privacy

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    News of Tyler Clementi’s tragic suicide after the teenage Rutgers student was emotionally devastated by an online video brings to mind other cases in which webcams became spying tools, with repugnant consequences. Perhaps the most infamous involved the Lower Merion School District in suburban Philadelphia, which gave laptops to high school students. District officials activated the laptops’ webcams 42 times, capturing images of shirtless students sleeping or walking around their bedrooms. The practice was discovered […]

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