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How to protect your personal information from identity thieves.
Many school forms require personal and, sometimes, sensitive information — like your child's social security number. Protect this information from falling into the wrong hands. The next time you're asked for your child's personal information, find out how it's being used, stored, and thrown away — and if you can opt out.
Female VO: Today, being a parent means filling out A LOT of forms…
Registration forms, permission slips, emergency contacts…
While these may seem routine, it’s important to protect the information they contain, like your child’s social security number. What if it falls into the wrong hands?
Thieves could use your child’s information to apply for a credit card or get a loan.
And because your kid is – well – a kid, it might take years for you to find out your child has been a victim of identity theft.
Laws protect the privacy of student records. But adopting some good habits can help you further safeguard your family.
The next time you’re asked for your child’s personal information, ask questions. “How will it be used?” “Who will have access?” “How will it be kept safe?” and, “Can I opt out?”
When it comes to protecting your child’s personal information, exercise doubt and check it out… at FTC.gov.
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