Posts for Legal Matters

What Privacy Laws Do (and Don’t Do)

There are privacy laws being passed seemingly every day; however, there is no comprehensive national U.S. law and current laws are largely a patchwork of state and federal laws. Since there are no federal privacy laws regulating the actions of many companies, they’re pretty much free to do what they…

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Why Don’t We Protect Ourselves?

We know there are many things we can do to protect ourselves from identity theft and other security threats. But surprisingly, we often do not do them. The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and DIG Works surveyed 1050 U.S. adults about data breaches and credit freezes. They found that although…

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Identity Fraud Trends in 2022

The Identity Theft Resource Center has released their predictions of six expected trends in identity theft and identity fraud for 2022. There will be a shift from identity theft (the accumulation of personally identifiable information (PII)) to identity fraud (the misuse of that information). Identity fraud will cause consumers to…

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Fraud Reports from the FTC and the FBI

On June 15, 2021, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) released its 2020 Elder Fraud Report. According to the report, IC3 received a total of 791,790 complaints in 2020, with reported losses exceeding $4.1 billion. About 28% of the total fraud losses were sustained by victims over the age…

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FCC Proposes Rules Targeting SIM Swapping and Port-Out Fraud

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently seeking feedback on proposed regulations to prevent SIM swapping and port-out fraud. These scams allow criminals to take over a victim’s mobile phone number and even hijack their online identity.  According to the FCC, SIM (subscriber identity module) swapping takes place when a…

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Is Big Tech the New Big Tobacco?

One thing that seems to be uniting Republicans and Democrats is their concern for the effects of social media on children. Both Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representative Bill Johnson (R-OH) have compared big tech services to big tobacco. “Instagram is that first childhood cigarette meant to get teens hooked…

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Are There Laws Against Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones and computers. It includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else in order to harass or embarrass them. The results of cyberbullying can be tragic, as some victims are so distressed that…

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Police Use Geofencing to Find Out Who Was at a Crime Scene

Geofencing is often used by marketers to target customers in a specific geographic location, for example to send coupons to potential buyers who are within a specified range of a retail store or restaurant. It has also been used by political campaigns to identify people who have attended rallies or…

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Child Predators Target Victims Through Online Gaming

It’s no secret that child predators seek victims wherever they can find them and, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), one current popular avenue is online gaming. The Pew Research Center notes that 97 percent of American teenage boys and about 83 percent of girls play video games,…

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Blocking Robocalls

The good news about robocalls is that their numbers are decreasing, down 17% in June 2019 from an all-time high in March 2019. The bad news? There were still 4.35 billion robocalls in June! However, a new call authentication technology seems to be helping to reduce the number of nuisance…

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