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Looking back at privacy in 2016, and on to the future

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Protecting consumers’ privacy and personal data has long been a priority at the FTC. Over the years, we’ve helped millions of identity theft victims recover from that crime. We created the National Do Not Call Registry to limit unwanted telemarketing, and we continue to fight illegal robocalls. And we’ve brought more than sixty cases against companies that didn’t take reasonable steps to protect people’s data.

But we’re not living in the past. Among our recent cases: a settlement with Ashley Madison over the company’s lax data security and misleading claims; our first case against an education lead generator for misleading people about how their information would be used; and a case against a company that marketed internet routers with serious security flaws. Want to know what else we’ve been up to lately? Check out our 2016 Privacy & Data Security Update for summaries of our key cases, workshops, reports and education projects.

Now we’re looking ahead to 2017 and beyond. Just last week, we hosted a diverse group of stakeholders who discussed the latest research and trends related to consumer privacy and data security at our second PrivacyCon.

And on Wednesday, January 25, at 3 p.m. EST, we’ll be participating in a Data Privacy Day Twitter chat for businesses sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance. Follow us at @FTC and join the conversation using the #ChatSTC and #PrivacyAware hashtags. Participants will discuss strategies businesses can use to address customers’ preferences about privacy and steps they can take to safeguard data. On Thursday, January 26, Nithan Sannappa, a senior attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, will present at a Data Privacy Day event live from Twitter HQ.

Want to follow future developments in the FTC’s work on privacy and data security? Sign up to follow our blogs for consumers and businesses.

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I got a call from a 702 area code saying I was going to be arrested for tax fraud they were gonna issue a warrant how do I know that's true?

If you know you owe taxes, you can contact the IRS or your state tax department and ask about your account.

If you don't owe taxes, that call was probably a scam. We have another blog post about getting voicemail from IRS imposters who call people and leavy threatening messages.

IRS does not leave messages like that. Go to, hit the IRS impersonator button and enter all the information that you have on the call. It will go to Federal Law Enforcement. has videos on this. If they show up at your home, do not answer and contact your local law enforcement.

I got hacked,Muse.sic . Com. Can u recover this email?

I just moved to Florida only to find my name and address being sold by the State to shaddy elements who publish the information profit for gain. Also, the state has the highest fraud rate amongst all 50 states. My personal information was compromised 2 months after moving here and my phone rings daily while on the do not call about privacy!

Historically before NoMoRobo, about 90% of telemarketer/scammer calls came from Florida. Made me so mad some times, I wished Florida would drop into the sea forever. So Florida having the highest fraud rating comes as no surprise to me. I'm in Washington.

I wish someone could figure out what makes Florida so attractive to scammers as home base, and wipe out their businesses with huge fraud fines and some jail time.

All I have to say is to make sure that you marry someone that you have known for years because even if he is the brother of your best friend he still no good.

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