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Privacy Awareness Week: A time to learn

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Privacy Awareness Week is May 8-12, 2017. It’s an annual initiative of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum that combines the efforts of privacy agencies in the region to share information about privacy practices and rules. APPA Privacy Week logo: Share with Care

If you’ve been following this blog, you know the FTC has tips on how to secure your routers, IP cameras and ‘Internet of Things’ devices, protecting them from hackers and malware attacks. We’ve also reminded you about steps to take to control online tracking by advertisers, as well as how to protect your personal information when connecting mobile devices to a rental car’s infotainment system.

The FTC continues to stay up to date on technologies that affect your privacy. Last year, we hosted the Fall Tech Series, which examined smart TVs, drones, and ransomware. The agency issued the Internet of Things challenge, an invitation to the public to create an innovative tool to protect consumers from security vulnerabilities in connected devices. And in June the Connected Cars workshop will examine privacy and security issues in automated and connected motor vehicles.    

The theme of Privacy Awareness Week 2017 is “Share with Care.” You can learn more about safeguarding your information online with the FTC’s information on computer security, protecting your personal information, and limiting unwanted calls, mail and email.

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


This Do Not Call List is TOTALLY USELESS as I received about 520 calls received in just the past 2.5 months!!!!!!! It is a total waste of time and I will be writing all the printed press contacts I have that you are not doing your job because you are not hiring the right IT experts who can REALLY MAKE THE DO NOT CALL LIST WORK!!!!!!!

The "DO NOT CALL" list is not a magic pill. Legit business will comply, but companies that have had business with you can still contact you. If you are receiving spam calls, then report them. The "List" is not a call-blocker, it is a list.

Scam callers don't care about the rules and you can't effectively block them because they spoof numbers and they change all the time. I have caller ID that comes up on my TV. Essentially we don't answer the phone at all unless we know the person calling. That's sometimes inconvenient but the only thing that works. This is out of hand and there is technology that could stop it. The voluntary do not call list is a joke.

Are you not aware that companies are required to buy the DNC list? They use it just for calling those people. and most of the calls you receive originate outside of the United States, with fake caller IDs (which is also illegal in the U.S.)? Outside of our boarders, our laws do not apply. So it is really impossible to enforce the DNC laws, unless they originate here.

I totally agree on the do not call list being useless. I registered on day one of it's being & again two years later. The number of calls I receive, even now is ridiculous. The service is just no good, so today my phone #'s are changing again.I pay to have an unlisted # & it still doesn't work.

They should focus some of that awareness internally and figure out how to get their crappy “Do Not Call” list to work for VOIP fraud.

You can reduce the number of unwanted sales calls you get by signing up for the National Do Not Call Registry. It’s free. Visit to register your number. Most legitimate companies don't call if your number is on the Registry. If a company is ignoring the Registry, there’s a good chance that it’s a scam. If you get these calls, hang up and file a complaint with the FTC. \ articles/ 0108-national-do-not-call-registry

All, The 'list' program is merely a response to people voluntarily providing their personal information a little too freely to business and people without consideration for if/how it will be protected. We must practice being stingy with our information, no one will protect it like you. Radio station contests, catalogues, retailer rewards cards, we tend to just give it away all for a 'potential' reward or benefit. Veritas, still getting calls? Changing your number is about the only solution.

I, too, am appalled at the inability of DNC list as I also get as many as 8 calls per day from solicitors wanting me to buy their illegal drugs and other illegal products My landline cannot be used for the new robocall blocker (Why?) and my telephone carrier is totally useless in protecting my privacy. Often after I've been rude to a solicitor, I will get an additional 12 calls spaced out every few minutes. This is major harassment and I find the worse ones are coming from India. I value my privacy and even pay $3.00 a month to Comcast not to keep my phone # private but it has not made a difference at all. Not only do I get nuisance phone calls but I also get unsolicited text messages and spam email on a daily basis. The FTC has got to fix the loopholes and restore some semblance of privacy for the subscriber.

Can we learn how to protect our ,children's information at school? It appears that with all the blended learning, Common core data, School platforms, College Board, Naviance, Schoology, eschool, moodle, Common App, Hopson. Google, Khan Academy, etc ... that tech companies have been able to create profiles and much of this collected info is not protected by FERBA. After completing common app while attending a high school that uses Naviance a student had provided personality testing, transcripts, gpa, SAT, ACT, financial aid , medical, family education, income, vCard numbers, birthdayes, social security, address, hobbies, extra curricular, hopes, dreams, and aspirations, nothing is private. How can you attend public school and protect your data? How can you apply to college and remain somewhat private?

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