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Identity Theft During Tax Season

March 15, 2013 11:07 am DCherubin 0
By: Erin Harper A Consumer Sentinel Network report found that the country’s fastest growing crime involves using Social Security numbers to steal tax refunds. The website GoBankingRates.com estimates that $5.2 billion in tax refunds has already been stolen this year. IRS Commissioner Steven Miller has said that the agency has increased its efforts to pursue and prevent identity theft-related tax fraud.…
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Javelin Strategy & Research’s 2012 Identity Theft Report

March 15, 2013 11:06 am DCherubin 0
By: Hiroyuki Tanaka http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2013/02/20/one-new-identity-theft-victim-every-3-seconds-in-2012/ This article is about the results of the”Javelin Strategy & Research’s 2012 Identity Theft Report.” https://www.javelinstrategy.com/brochure/239 According to the article, in 2012, the victims of identity theft were 12.6 million. It is genrally alleged that regularly monitoring financial transactions and receiving alerts about irregular transactions is a good way to prevent identity theft. …
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Government IMSI Catchers Operate on the Fringes of Fourth Amendment Privacy

March 15, 2013 11:06 am DCherubin 0
By Benjamin Smith   The Supreme Court’s 2012 decision in US v. Jones failed to resolve many open questions in Fourth Amendment privacy protection, including the particularly shadowy domain of International Mobile Subscriber Identity (“IMSI”) catchers. IMSI catchers, colloquially called “stingrays”, are devices used by law enforcement agencies to monitor cell phone conversations, for which ordinary wiretaps are not feasible, without going through telecommunications providers.…
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Even Our Children Aren’t Safe

March 15, 2013 11:05 am DCherubin 0
By Kamilah Alexander   Parents now have one more thing to protect their children from- identity theft.  In a development that should surprise no one, identity thieves are now targeting kids.  The enticement is simple- unlike an adult with an existing identity that needs to be altered, a child’s identity is an empty canvas upon which thieves can create any picture they desire. …
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Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act

March 15, 2013 11:03 am DCherubin 0
By Glenn Velazquez-Morales   In another example of the recurring discussion about the relationship between the Privacy Act of 1974 and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the National Pork Producers Council denounced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released personal and “business-confidential” data of U.S.…
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369,132 cases of identity theft were reported to FTC in 2012

March 15, 2013 11:02 am DCherubin 0
By Hung-Yi Hsiao   According to Consumer Sentinel Network data book 2012 released by FTC in February 2013, there were 369,132 identity theft complaints received by FTC in year 2012, nearly 90,000 more than year 2011. Identity theft was the number one complaint category with 18% of the overall complaints.…
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Seattle bar (preemptively) bans google glasses

March 11, 2013 10:39 am Sasha_Romanosky 0
Interesting foresight that some have. According to their own blog, The 5 Point Cafe (a self-described dive bar) in Seattle, WA has already begun banning google glasses: http://the5pointcafe.com/google-glasses-banned/ . This presents an interesting tension between the right for any private entity to define its own terms, and the expectation of privacy that one should (should not) enjoy in a ‘public’ space.…
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New Canadian Spam Law Fuels Privacy & Commercial Speech Debate

March 8, 2013 10:01 am DCherubin 0
By: Andrew Laing   Canada has recently enacted new anti-spam legislation, unimaginatively known as Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, or CASL (you have to give our Congress some credit for coming up with CAN-SPAM).  The central achievement of the legislation is a tough opt-in regime for most commercial electronic communications: the law imposes a variety of new requirements Canadian businesses will have to meet regarding consent (which cannot be sought through purely electronic means), disclosure of information, and unsubscription procedures.…
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Commercial free speech

March 8, 2013 10:00 am DCherubin 0
By: Stephanie Smith In 2011 Par Pharmaceutical (“Par”) was charged with violations of FDA regulations governing the off-label promotion of prescription drugs. In its defense, Par contended that its ability to convey “truthful” information to physicians was protected by the First Amendment,  and that the FDA’s efforts to curb promotion of off-label use was an unconstitutional impingement of commercial free speech.…
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“Do Not Track: A Viable Legislative Solution?”

March 8, 2013 9:59 am DCherubin 0
By: Kimberly Chow   Last week, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) reintroduced his “Do Not Track Online Act.” Under the bill, consumers on the Internet would be able to affirmatively choose not to allow companies to collect information on their online activities.  …