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MarketWatch, March 15, 2017

The new focus of online security? Small businesses

What’s the difference between a hack at Yahoo US:YHOO and a hack at your local dentist’s office? The latter is far less likely to have a plan in place to respond properly, experts say. Now, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a government agency that regulates businesses to protect consumers, and other nongovernmental bodies are doubling down on efforts to educate small and midsize businesses on risk management as their susceptibility to data breaches increases.
The Guardian, March 14, 2017

Acting Federal Trade Commission head: internet of things should self-regulate

The acting head of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) under Donald Trump said that the agency is “not primarily a regulator” in a conversation with the Guardian on Monday. Maureen Ohlhausen, the commission’s sole Republican and its acting chair under Trump, said the FTC was primarily a law enforcement agency and called for wait-and-see approach to enforcement during a discussion at a conference of cybersecurity professionals on Monday at the Nasdaq.
SC Magazine, March 1, 2017

Data Privacy Day

Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the signing on Jan. 28, 1981 of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection.
News Channel 21 (OR), February 24, 2017

Free program helps seniors avoid online scams

Nearly 97 percent of seniors age 70 and older are using the internet at least once a week to check email, manage money and keep in touch via social media. All this time online is putting them at risk for scams and hacks, including tax fraud.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 21, 2017

Tax fraud: Another reason to file your returns early

Tax time is prime time for cyber thieves looking to steal your tax refund by filing a fake return in your name. Such tax ID theft is booming. Last month, the Federal Trade Commission released a report showing a nearly 50 percent jump in identity theft complaints in 2015, owing mostly to a surge in tax refund fraud.
CBS Money Watch, February 21, 2017

In case you think tax frauds are going away

The IRS sent out an ominous message late last month telling company human resource and payroll departments to watch out. The agency received reports that a scam, first detected last year, has been revived and potentially could expose innumerable employees to tax identity theft. It’s a multibillion-dollar fraud that strips real taxpayers of their legitimate government refunds.
Mercury News, January 27, 2017

Are you safeguarding your data? Tech leaders talk digital privacy

Troves of valuable data are flowing to your cars, virtual assistants, fitness trackers, social media accounts and even that robotic dog you might have picked up for your child at the toy store. It isn’t just your phone you have to worry about anymore, but are consumers, tech firms and governments doing enough to safeguard that information?