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Did a company share your personal information without your knowledge or consent? The FTC wants to know. And we’ve made it easier for you to report privacy-related complaints.

Just go to the FTC’s Complaint Assistant and click the banner that says: “Concerned about how a company is handling your personal information? Click here to report privacy concerns.”

What should you report? Your family reading your diary? No. Identity theft or data breaches? Go to identitytheft.gov instead. A company collecting or sharing your information without asking? That’s what we’re talking about. Here are examples of privacy complaints you might make: 

  • Your location or age shows up where you didn’t expect it. You share your resume online with what you think is a small group, and then find it elsewhere – complete with your age, which you didn’t want strangers to know. Or you post a photo, and then your location appears publicly. Now, everyone knows exactly where you are.
  • A company knows more about you than you expected. You start getting ads for maternity clothes when you haven’t signed up for them. Maybe another company shared some pretty key information about you. If you thought that information was private and can identify the company that shared it, let us know.     
  • Your friends are getting invitations from you – that you didn’t send. An online group you joined starts sending invitations to your friends. But you didn’t give permission for them to be contacted. Maybe a company is accessing your contact list without permission.  

Tell the FTC whenever your information is shared – and you didn’t want it to be. Also, consider these tips:

  • Read the company’s privacy policy. If it says they share personal information with others – and you don’t want that – then don’t do business with them.
  • On social network sites, check your privacy settings. It’s safest to allow only friends to view your information, not friends of friends or the public.
  • On your mobile phone, turn off geo-location services until needed. Otherwise, apps may use your location information when you don’t realize it.

The FTC’s website has more information on consumer privacy.

Comments

I have read so many Privacy Policies that my eye's are crossed now and I feel like I'm just going in circles clicking on links to "Learn More" and read "Full Policy Here". Throw in the " Term Of Use" books, something has to change. Consumer's are NOT going to take the time to read novel's on Privacy Policies. There should be a DEFAULT PRIVACY CONTROL setting already set that would automatically protect Consumers PRIVACY and for the one's who don't care about there privacy they should have to read the novel's to adjust how much information they want to share. That would solve a lot of Privacy concerns.

The SEC uses the intellectual property of US citizens for the benefit of the SEC every day without compensating the citizen. In business that is called corporate espionage, but in Washington it's called business as usual. When asked if the method of collection of intellectual property by the SEC was deceptive a high ranking FTC Attorney said "Yes, it is deceptive." When asked if the the FTC was willing to bring a suit against the SEC the FTC attorney said," Um, well, a, a, um, a well, a, we can't sue government agencies." Just like the FTC treats this blog, free info.

Hi good day 

My name is magaret 2 months ago i was contacted by a man named james lopaz.we got chatting started getting to know each other but then he started telling me that he needs help in getting out of camp and needed 1000$  We stilled chatted but im not sure if this is a scam.

Stated that he works for  ainassad armforce base homeland security  FullName: James Lopez Rank Code: (SSG) Staff Sergeant (MOS)HOMELAND SECURITY  T.Num.1461m0409965 reginment address Ain Assad Armforeces Base mail. po.Box 6653  Albaghdadi

I then asked him for information about him which he gave to me. He then told me to send money through western union$ money gram. I do have pictures of him also not sure if hes using some 1 elses identity from homeland security can you guys please help me. Want to help all other women out there so that this dont happen to them.

He also gave me a base telephone number to call him its +233 231913324 this is the number i call on to speak to him. He also stated that he has a son called williams james. Hes email address is  williams james. Please assist me in finding out the truth.

Don't send money to someone you met online.

The U.S. Army has warned about scammers who go on dating sites and pretend to be servicemembers. According to the Army, scammers often say they are in a combat zone, and ask for money for "leave papers" or "transportation fees" or international telephones or other expensive things. They aren't really soldiers and they don't need money for those things; they are trying to steal your money.

A scammer might steal the name of a real soldier and use is to communicate. The real soldier might not know the scammer is using his name.

I sign petitions on a website for "Just Causes." Every time I do I receive tons of junk mail!

Oh you hit the nail on the head. It seems wierd I have to do so much to OPT OUT of things I never OPTED INTO. The font is so small, sometimes I get the computer to read it to me. I have bad vision and already have everything set for big fonts. So why do I spend any time doing this when I really don't know anyone else who would bother or who has any idea what I am doing. Well, the answer is I am retired, was a paralegal for a long time, and love hunting these companies down . beans

All financial institutions inform the customer and share some customer transaction details with the many creditors.

Did not know this service existed. Will learn more.

WE HAVE NEVER ALLOWED ANYONE TO SHARE OUR PERSONAL INFORMATION ON ZABA SEARCH OR OTHER WEBSITES LIKE THAT SO THE COMPANIES WHO ARE PROVIDING THIS INFORMATION WAS DONE WITHOUT OUR PERMISSION. EVERYONE WE TALK TO FEELS THE SAME WAY. ALSO, THERE IS A DO NOT CALL REGISTRY AND PRIOR TO HAVING OUR NUMBER LISTED WE REALLY DID NOT GET CALLS, BUT REGISTERED TO PROTECT THAT IN THE FUTURE IT WOULD NOT HAPPEN. NOW WHAT WE AND OTHERS WE KNOW WHO REGISTER ARE EXPERIENCING EVEN WITH PRIVATE NUMBERS (TO AVOID ROBOCALLS) ARE UNSOLICITED CALLS. WHAT WE CAN FIGURE IS THE COMPANIES THAT BUY THESE LISTS OR RECEIVE THEM SO THEY KNOW WHO "NOT" TO CALL, HAVE BREACHED THAT AND ARE USING THE NUMBERS TO CALL THOSE LISTED ON THE DO NOT CALL REGISTERY IN ADDITION TO THOSE THEY ALREADY HAVE THAT ARE NOT SIGNED UP. THAT IS A REAL PROBLEM AND YOU CAN READ IT ALL OVER THE INTERNET. IT SHOULD BE REQUIRED BY LAW THAT ALL COMPANIES THAT DO SHARE DATA LET THE CONSUMERS KNOW THIS UPFRONT,GIVE THEM A SHEET AND EXPLAINED TO THEM THAT THEY CAN SIGN, DATE AND INITIAL FOR THEIR PROTECTION IF THEY DO NOT WANT THE COMPANY TO SHARE ANY DATA. THIS SHOULD BE CLEARLY STATED ON A SEPARATE SHEET WHERE A CONSUMER CAN SEE USING LARGER BOLD PRINT, GIVEN A COPY OF THAT UNDERSTANDING BY ALL COMPANIES THAT DO SHARE AND SPELL OUT CLEARLY TO SIGN, DATE AND INITIAL IF THEY DO NOT WANT ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION SHARED. THERE IS SUCH A PROBLEM WITH HACKERS GETTING PERSONAL INFORMATION FROM SUPPOSED SECURE WEBSITES THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE TIGHTER REGULATIONS. WHEN IT COMES TO THE DO NOT CALL REGISTRY IT'S PURPOSE IS DEFEATED BECAUSE HAD WE REALIZED THAT THEY GIVE LISTS OF NUMBERS TO MARKETING COMPANIES, HOW CAN THEY MONITOR OR KNOW THAT THE INTENTION OF GIVING OUT THE LISTS ARE NOT GOING TO BE "ABUSED"? UNFORTUNATELY IT HAS AND WE AND COUNTLESS OTHERS WERE BETTER OFF PRIOR TO SIGNING UP WITH THIS REGISTRY. IF THERE WERE PUNISHMENTS FOR VIOLATORS THEN THAT COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE HOPE THIS HELPS.

I am being hacked for if entry theft

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