Data Breach

WPF joins US PIRG and NCLC in letter of concern re: data breach

The World Privacy Forum joined the US PIRG, the National Consumer Law Center and other signatories in a joint letter to the US Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regarding the recent Experian data security breach. The letter asks key questions about the breach, and requests the FTC and CFPB to assist

WPF supports new FCC proposal to reduce robocalls and give consumers more choice

The FCC has announced that it will be considering a declaratory order and ruling June 18, 2015 on more than 20 petitions about robocalls. The ruling would update and clarify the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The news is very good for consumers, because the FCC has stated clearly in its announcement that phone companies must do more

Medical identity theft and electronic health care records: risks and solutions

Executive Director Pam Dixon will be speaking this Friday at the National Association of Healthcare Journalists about electronic records, and the risk of medical identity theft and other risks that arise from data breaches of medical records. Dixon’s talk will cover new research, as well as discuss potential solutions to the problems. Details: When: Friday,

Some Californians receive emails from health insurer with personal details exposed: potential CalINDEX implications?

This week the New York Times reported that some California members of health insurer Anthem Blue Cross received disturbing emails with exposed subject lines related to their sensitive medical information. From the article: “But the emails’ subject lines included member-specific demographic details like age range and language. They also listed possible medical screening tests —