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If you operate a business, how you handle personal information can affect whether your customers, employees, and yes, even your business, are at risk of identity theft during tax season and all through the year.
The Federal Trade Commission will mark Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, January 29-February 2, with a series of free events to help consumers and businesses reduce their chances of becoming victims.Tax identity theft occurs when a person uses someone else’s Social Security number to either file a...
So you’ve received a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) from the Federal Trade Commission related to a consumer protection matter. Now what? We appreciate that it can be daunting for any company – especially a small business – and we want to be as transparent as possible about the...
The Federal Trade Commission today released its annual report summarizing its privacy and data security work in 2017. The Commission is the nation’s primary privacy and data security enforcer and one of the most active privacy and data security enforcers in the world.
The FTC and the IRS host a free Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week webinar for small businesses on Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. EST (12 p.m. Central; 11 a.m. Mountain; 10 a.m. Pacific; 9 a.m. Alaska; 8 a.m. Hawaii). Learn how businesses can protect themselves, their customers, and employees...
The FTC and the Department of Veterans Affairs co-host a Twitter chat on January 31 at 11 a.m. EST, with a focus on service members, veterans, and their families. Learn how to minimize your risk of tax identity theft and what to do if it happens to you.Join the conversation at #...
The FTC, AARP Fraud Watch Network, the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration co-host a webinar on January 30 at 2:30 p.m. EST. Learn how tax identity theft and IRS imposter scams occur, how to avoid them, recovery steps for victims...
The FTC and the Identity Theft Resource Center co-host a webinar for consumers on January 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Learn about tax-related identity theft and IRS imposter scams, their impact, how to protect yourself, and how to recover if you become a victim.How to Join the Webinar...
Car ads used to include shorthand like 2D, AWD, and AC. Today’s car buyer is just as likely to ask about USB, GPS, and wifi. Last June, the FTC and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hosted a workshop in Washington to discuss the types of information that...
A new FTC paper details the key takeaways from the June 28, 2017, workshop the FTC co-hosted with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration focused on privacy and security issues related to connected cars.
We can’t guarantee its effectiveness in getting kids to eat their vegetables or finish their homework. But there’s one circumstance in which a Mom or Dad’s “Because I said so . . . .” is the law of the land. When it comes to the online collection of personal information from kids...
Note: A conference call for media with Tom Pahl, Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, was held as follows: Date: January 8, 2018Time: 1 p.m. ETFTC staff were available to take questions from the media.
The Federal Trade Commission has given final approval to a settlement with Lenovo Inc., related to charges that the company harmed consumers by pre-loading software on some laptops that compromised security protections in order to deliver ads to consumers.
One Direction had a hit with a song called “18,” but the FTC’s recent law enforcement and policy initiatives suggest that the agency will continue to pursue many directions in its efforts to protect consumers in ‘18. (Sorry. We’re expecting a fresh shipment of pop culture references...
After the Equifax data breach, some people are considering placing a fraud alert, freeze, or lock on their credit file to help prevent identity thieves from opening new accounts in their name.To help consumers decide on a course of action, a Federal Trade Commission blog post, Fraud alert, freeze...
There’s been a lot of talk about identity theft lately. Maybe you’ve even heard from customers affected by it. Your help can make a big difference. In fact, did you know that your business is required to provide identity theft victims with copies of records relating to the theft...

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