Privacy Awareness Week
April 28 through May 4 is Privacy Awareness Week, and to mark the occasion, the FTC and other members of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) are teaming up to talk about why privacy matters — and what you can do about it — in today’s digital world.
Resources for Everyone
The FTC has a number of resources to help both businesses and individuals protect important information. Our consumer blog features a section devoted to privacy & identity topics and has recently featured stories about:
- Resolving identity theft
- Keeping up with kids apps
- Bogus text message prize offers
- Health insurance phishing scams
You can keep up with the blog by signing up for email alerts or subscribing to the feed.
Our Privacy and Identity topic page has tips on how to protect your personal information — a must in the 21st century. We have articles to help you:
- Limit unwanted calls and emails
- Protect your computer
- Talk to kids about online safety
- Protect your identity
- Repair identity theft
For tips from the federal government about being safe, secure and responsible online, check out OnGuardOnline.gov.
Resources for Businesses
Businesses can follow our business center blog. Or visit the Privacy and Security section of the Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Business Center, which features plain language guidance and other resources on topics like children’s privacy, consumer privacy, credit reporting, data security, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework.
There’s also a calendar with key upcoming events, such as:
- Workshop on the Effects of Identity Theft on Older Americans, on May 7, 2013
- Public Forum on Threats to Mobile Devices, June 4, 2013
- Internet of Things Workshop, November 21, 2013
Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA)
Formed in 1992, APPA is a forum for privacy, security and data protection regulators to collaborate and exchange ideas. Members include authorities from the U.S., Australia (National, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory), Canada (National, British Columbia), Hong Kong, Korea, Macau, Mexico, and New Zealand. For more information about APPA and Privacy Awareness Week, visit www.privacyawarenessweek.org.