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By Matt Cullina

With Canadian privacy breaches in the news and , businesses in Canada are recognizing that their data is increasingly at risk. As our lives move into the digital sphere, the security and privacy of sensitive personal information is increasingly vulnerable. For example, when an electronic health record is exposed, the privacy of a patient has been breached. In the event an individual’s social insurance number is compromised, his or her financial accounts and credit worthiness could be susceptible to fraud. These risks are still relatively new to many businesses in Canada, but they’re growing every day.

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McKayla Maroney. Missy Franklin. Kirani James. These Olympic gold medalists have inspired us with their athleticism and poise—on the floor, in the pool or around the track. When you watch them perform with equal grace in media interviews, it’s hard to believe they’re just kids.

Until they remind us, that is. Maroney’s many facial expressions—including a podium pout after winning silver instead of gold on the vault—have earned her Internet stardom in multiple memes. Franklin, a big fan of Justin Bieber, reacted with giddy delight after receiving props on Twitter from the pop idol himself: “I just died! Thank you!”

Meanwhile, their fellow Olympians, even those who are older and more experienced, are channeling their inner teenager with “poor judgment” and “small acts of impropriety,” noted the . First there was the expulsion of the American judo fighter Nick Delpopolo after a drug test showed traces of marijuana in his system. (He claims to have unwittingly eaten a pot-laced treat before the games.) Then swimmer Ryan Lochte admitted to urinating in the pool during race warm-ups. And how could we not notice when the North Korea women’s soccer team threw a tantrum by refusing to take the field for 40 minutes because South Korea’s flag was accidentally placed on the stadium scoreboard?

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Foster kids who are about to leave the system and jump into the financial perils of adulthood will have an extra layer of protection against identity theft, thanks to a new law in Delaware.

I couldn’t be more excited about this new law, which will require the state’s Children’s Department to run credit reports for children in foster care when they turn 16 and help them learn more about credit and how it affects their future stability.

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A taunt, or even a malicious lie, is hurtful enough when uttered on a school playground or in the cafeteria. When the same slur is tweeted or posted on Facebook, it graduates to a whole new level. And children might not be the only ones accountable for it.

Parents might find themselves on the hook legally for what their children say online. Tweets or posts that cross the line are prompting defamation of character or libel lawsuits.

Consider these cases: A Georgia teenager is for libel for allegedly creating a Facebook account in her name and posting racist comments. And a Houston father recently his against three children and their parents for allegedly targeting his daughter in malicious posts on Facebook.

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Predators sexually assaulting children with help from a . Kids other kids online. Pimps luring into prostitution on Facebook.

There’s no shortage of cautionary tales about social media risks for children. They’re all over the news. In a recent Harris Interactive poll, more than two-thirds of parents said they had children between the ages of nine and 13 who were active on a social networking site*.

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The IDT911 marketing team is a proud recipient of a gold Hermes Award for work on .

The is an international competition for creative professionals. It is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

 

Identity Theft 911 has received awards for excellence in sales and customer service, financial literacy education, and corporate social responsibility.

The 2012 International Stevie® Award for Sales and Customer Service spotlighted our ongoing dedication and passion to servicing our customers. Receiving this award is a testament to our commitment to partnering with our clients to provide high-quality service, support, and solutions for them and their customers.

We are a proud recipient of the Excellence in Financial Literacy Education™ (EIFLE) award for children’s education program of the year, risk management and insurance. The award recognized our work in developing and presenting a curriculum to teach foster youth about the perils of identity theft. The EIFLE was created to acknowledge innovation, dedication and a strong commitment to financial literacy education. As a winner of an EIFLE, Identity Theft 911 is recognized as a respected leader in the field of financial and insurance literacy education.

Identity Theft 911 CEO Matt Cullina is winner of the Communitas Award for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility for his work in helping to protect foster teens from becoming victims of  identity theft. The Communitas Award is an international effort to recognize people helping people. Winners generously give of themselves and their resources, and are changing the way they do business to benefit their communities.

 

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Of all the things you pray you never lose, I’ll bet your library card isn’t one of them. What’s the worst that could happen?

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Kids practically live online these days, and they spend a lot of their time playing games on Facebook and their smartphones.

So I’m heartened to see the Federal Trade Commission that mobile applications must conform to federal children’s privacy regulations.

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Parents of gamers have likely caught wind of the hype surrounding two fall arrivals: Battlefield 3 (released Oct. 25) and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (out Nov. 8). These so-called shooter games are the latest installments to two established and—in the case of Call of Duty, wildly successful—video game series. that MW3 would sell 16 million copies and Battlefield 8 million copies by year-end.
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