When Dave Krelic started receiving letters at his St. Paul home saying his family's personal medical information may have been disclosed online, he started calling around town to find out who had lost control of his data. But none of his family's doctors or insurers would acknowledge ever working with Inmediata Corp., the Puerto Rican data-handling company that sent him the vague letters. Krelic was mystified as to how a firm he had never heard of had obtained his data in the first place. More than 1.3 million Americans have received the same letters, Inmediata CEO Mark Rieger disclosed in an e-mail to the Star Tribune on Friday. They include Minnesotans who received Inmediata's data-security warning in late April warning that their names, dates of birth, doctors' names, medical-diagnosis codes, treatment information and, in some cases, Social Security numbers were exposed online. Beth Rozga of St. Paul said her efforts to investigate the letter she received about her family's data … [Read more...] about Data-breach victims feel left in the dark
Privacy rights clearinghouse data breach
Consumers affected by Equifax’s huge data breach in 2017 may need to re-establish protections on their credit report if they “locked” their files as part of the company’s free credit-monitoring offer. People who accepted Equifax’s offer after the breach have been notified that the free service, TrustedID Premier, will expire at the end of January. If subscribers locked their Equifax credit files using the service to prevent the opening of fraudulent accounts, the locks will automatically lift when TrustedID expires, according to Equifax. The locks will also end if, before Jan. 31, the consumer enrolls in a similar service that breach victims are being offered. The upshot? Consumers who want to keep the lock on their Equifax credit files have to use a different product — like the company’s free “lock & alert” service, the company suggested. Perplexed? You are not alone. Notices e-mailed to Equifax subscribers explain the lock … [Read more...] about What to do now that free credit report monitoring prompted by data breach is ending
By Levi Sumagaysay | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 17, 2019 at 7:08 am | UPDATED: January 17, 2019 at 7:09 am Tim Cook, who last year seized on Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica mess and positioned Apple as a privacy champion, is calling on Congress to pass federal privacy legislation after scandals and breaches galore. In an essay for Time published Thursday, the Apple CEO also pushed for the Federal Trade Commission to create a clearinghouse where data brokers would have to register, “enabling consumers to track the transactions that have bundled and sold their data from place to place, and giving users the power to delete their data on demand, freely, easily and online, once and for all.” Cook laid out four principles for establishing federal privacy laws: the right to have personal data minimized; the right to know what information is being collected and why; the right for a consumer to access, correct and delete … [Read more...] about Tim Cook targets data brokers, calls for federal privacy law
By Levi Sumagaysay | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 17, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: January 17, 2019 at 6:03 am State and federal lawmakers have pushed for privacy laws after myriad online breaches and scandals. Now, saying the United States faces a “crisis,” advocacy groups are going a step further and calling for a new data protection agency. “The U.S. needs a federal agency focused on privacy protection, compliance with data protection obligations, and emerging privacy challenges,” an alliance of more than a dozen groups — including Bay Area-based Color of Change, Center for Media Justice and Berkeley Media Studies group — said Thursday. They said the agency, unlike the Federal Trade Commission, should have rule-making authority. “Digital giants invade our private lives, spy on our families, and gather our most intimate facts for profit,” the groups said in the proposal. “Each … [Read more...] about Is it time for a federal data protection agency?
Cook’s initiative to start a public discussion around the shadowy world of data brokers and increased data protection policies for Americans will no doubt be applauding by civil liberties unions and privacy advocates. However, his initiative is sure to get pushback from major tech companies like Google and Facebook. Whether or not such privacy legislation will ever be passed, however, likely relies on support from the public and people like you. In 2019, it’s time to stand up for the right to privacy—yours, mine, all of ours. Consumers shouldn’t have to tolerate another year of companies irresponsibly amassing huge user profiles, data breaches that seem out of control and the vanishing ability to control our own digital lives. This problem is solvable—it isn’t too big, too challenging or too late. Innovation, breakthrough ideas and great features can go hand in hand with user privacy—and they must. Realizing technology’s potential … [Read more...] about Tim Cook: It’s time for the shadowy world of data brokers to end