Security freeze | identity theft | financial privacy — A credit freeze (sometimes called a security freeze) lets you stop the disclosure of your credit report by a credit bureau. A credit freeze can be especially helpful to individuals who are having persistent problems with identity theft. If you live in a state with a security freeze law, then you may be able to place a security freeze on your files. This World Privacy Forum resource gives general background on security freezes, lists the states with security freeze laws, and links to more information for each state.
Identity Theft — The World Privacy Forum filed comments and recommendations with the President’s Identity Theft Task Force. The task force’s draft report and recommendations did not include or contemplate medical identity theft solutions for victims; the WPF has requested and recommended that this be corrected. Medical identity theft victims need more help, more recourse, and agency attention.
Financial privacy — Joint comments filed by EPIC, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, and World Privacy Forum.
The World Privacy Forum cautions consumers who qualify  to order a federally mandated free annual credit report  to ensure that they take common-sense computer safety steps before ordering their credit report online.  If consumers are unsure about any aspect of securing their computers, calling for a credit report via the official toll free number (877-322-8228) is a good option, as is mailing in for the report.  Both the phone and the mail options generally expose consumers to fewer potential hazards than the online option. 
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