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Did you know that May 3-9, 2015 is Privacy Awareness Week? It’s an initiative of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum.

Privacy Matters imagePrivacy Awareness Week highlights the importance of protecting your personal information. This year’s theme is Privacy Matters — a message we promote year-round at the FTC. Whether you’re at home, work, school, or a doctor’s office — there are things you can do to help keep your information private and safe.

Here’s an idea: make one change this week to protect your personal information. And use #privacymatters and #2015PAW to share these tips with your friends and family on social media:

You also might be interested to know about the FTC’s involvement with cutting-edge privacy issues. Earlier this year, we published a report on the Internet of Things, which recommends ways to protect your privacy in a world of more and more interconnected devices. In the coming months, the FTC will host public workshops to examine privacy issues raised by the sharing economy and cross-device tracking. Check out the FTC’s Events Calendar for more information.

Have a great Privacy Awareness Week, and remember that privacy matters throughout the whole year.

Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA)

Formed in 1992, APPA is a forum for privacy, security and data protection regulators to collaborate and exchange ideas. For more information about APPA and Privacy Awareness Week, visit


My identity has been stolen. On my credit report,states that Iived california. I only lived in whole life. 2 addresses (1 Melrose ave (2 McKean rd 2.any other addresses are incorrect. At which they have secured credit cards& etc..

If identity theft happened to you, go to for information about what to do right away and what to do next.

It's useless and sad that our government are the main ones who're invading our privacy. They are the real perpetrators and abusers of our privacy and you know it! What can a person really do to protect themselves against a bullying, nosy, intrusive, devilish group like our UNTOUCHABLE Federal Government with all the means and ways they have of spying on us? Answer: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! We are at the mercy of these hateful, hate-filled bullies.

I just hope I've not said too much, not enough to have them come after me, as they don't like to be criticized with truth.

How can we stop giving out our Social Security Number when every company we do business with requires it.

Read about Securing Your Social Security Number.

Most times, you decide whether to share your number. A business may not provide you with a service or benefit if you don’t provide your number.

Sometimes you have to share your number. Your employer and financial institutions need your SSN for wage and tax reporting purposes. A business may ask for your SSN so they can check your credit when you apply for a loan, rent an apartment, or sign up for utility service.

great information

FTC you guys are just like the canadian government as long as we pay our taxes to your government you guys don't care about anything. We citizens get the run around from any government agency as they are incompetent to do anything but collect a pay cheque. Your governments are a joke and their policies are a crock. North America is a joke. Freedom where I pay for my freedom through my taxes and they are trying to tell me that a soldier died for my freedom you sure he didn't die because of your corruption? I'm sure of it.

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