CALIFORNIA LAW PROTECTS CONSUMERS FROM IDENTITY THEFT

New California law protects you against ID theft abc7news.com "The law should require some identity theft protection and any other service that are necessary to try to retrieve the information or limit the amount of damage it can do," said Edelman. Evans-Longo agrees. One year after his information went missing .. Have you been a [...]

NEW CALIFORNIA ID THEFT LAW

California's new identity theft law went into effect last week.  Senate Bill 24 gives consumers access to information to prevent identity theft.  Previously, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed versions of the bill in 2008, 09 and '10. The new law amends California's data breach notification law and mandates the type of information that must be included in [...]

TELETRACK TO PAY $1.8 MILLION TO SETTLE FCRA CLAIMS

Teletrack, Inc. has agreed to pay $1.8 million to settle Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) charges that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).  The FTC  alleged Teletrack sold consumers' credit reports to marketers without a permissible purpose. According to the FTC complaint, Teletrack sold consumer credit reports to payday lenders, rental stores, and sub-prime [...]

SONY PSN DATA BREACH UPDATE – FREE CREDIT MONITORING EXTENSION

Sony has agreed to extend its offer for free credit monitoring to July 31, 2011.  Originally, Sony's offer of free credit monitoring with All Clear ID Plus was available for its customers until June 18.  The credit monitoring is being offered to members of the Play Station Network (PSN) prior to the April data breach.   The credit monitoring [...]

I RECEIVED A BREACH NOTIFICATION LETTER – WHAT NEXT?

Consumers receive breach notification letters (and e-mails) all the time, but do you know what you should do if you receive a breach notification? Chances are, if you live in one of the 46 states with a breach notification law, you have received a notice that your personal identifying information may have been lost or [...]

CREDIT REPORT SCAM EXPOSED

Don't be fooled by websites that claim to offer free credit reports.  There is only ONE free annual credit report website annualcreditreport.com.  We recently discovered a sham free credit website annualcreditreport.info.  See the difference? It's the domain name.  .Info versus .com.  This is a simple trick used by legitimate and not-so-legitimate companies to make users [...]

GROUPON SUBSIDIARY’S PASSWORDS & USER NAMES EXPOSED

Groupon's subsidiary, Sosasta.com, published its user database on the Internet and it was indexed Google.  As a result, over 300,000 users' e-mail addresses and passwords were available to the public. The database was discovered by Daniel Grzelak when he performed a simple Google search using keywords including "password" and "gmail".  Grzelak developed a website that [...]

CLASS ACTION FILED AGINST DROPBOX.COM – BUG UNLOCKS 25 MILLION USERS’ ACCOUNTS

Dropbox has been named in a class action lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California. Dropbox provides to its customers with data storage via the cloud and claims to have as many as 25 millions users. The named class action representative, Cristina Wong, alleges Dropbox claims superior online security to its competitors and encourages [...]

CLASS ACTIONS FILED AGAINST SONY FOR PLAYSTATION DATA BREACH

Sony Playstation 's recent data breach has resulted in several class actions.  At least 25 class action lawsuits have been filed against Sony.  The class action lawsuits have been filed in various U.S. federal courts all over the US.  The class action complaints allege Sony negligently guarded its customers' PII.  The class action lawsuits also [...]

MICHAELS DATA BREACH

The recent Michaels data breach is much larger than originally estimated.  The data breach occurred when hackers penetrated Michaels point of sale PIN pads.  When Michaels customers keyed in their personal identification number (PIN) for debit card transactions the data was sent to hackers.  Michaels customers in the Chicago area became aware of the scam when they noticed unauthorized charges on their bank accounts. [...]