The Federal Trade Commission slapped Saint Nick with a $2 million fine for violating children’s privacy with his naughty or nice list.
For nearly 2,000 years, the jolly old elf tracked children’s consumer behavior; stored their name, age and address on an unsecured database; and shared the information with third parties to fulfill the children’s Christmas wishes.
With the holiday season upon us and catchy jingles blasting in stores and in cars, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and forget about the everyday risks to your personally identifiable information (PII).
isn’t just financial – it includes medical information, employment information, email, passwords and more.
Consumers should be reminded of the 12 Frauds of Christmas to keep their holiday stress-free, their identity safe and their wallet happy.
1. On the first day of Christmas, an identity thief gave to me: one skimmed debit card.
By Ondrej Krehel,
You can’t opt out of real life. Yet often that’s what a lot of cyber security advice sounds like. It’s true that social networks are a hotbed for malware, hackers and spam. But staying off Facebook — for some people in certain industries — could have real-world repercussions.
Signing up for an online service, participating in an Internet auction, enrolling in a rewards program: it’s almost like playing in a casino. Which is going to lose your data tomorrow? Picking online companies we do business with is almost like placing a bet.