May 1st kicks off Choose Privacy Week 2013, a national campaign that seeks to deepen public awareness about personal privacy rights and the need to ensure those rights in an era of pervasive surveillance. Everyone deserves the right to know who is collecting their data and how their private information is being used.
“People who understand how personal data is generated, collected, stored and used are better equipped to take control of their personal data and demand accountability from the agencies and corporations that store and use their information,” said Barbara Jones, director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom.
The campaign also seeks to educate the public about sharing too much information online and the consequences. Most people do not realize the trade off of having so much information available at their fingertips. The goal is to make privacy a priority and to initiate a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age and to help consumers make more informed decisions regarding online information.
American Consumer Credit Counseling has joined forces with the Federal Trade Commission in conjunction with the Fight Back Against Identity Theft campaign. ACCC urges consumers to take control of their information to avoid identity theft, which can greatly affect your credit and your finances. Follow these tips to protect your private information.
In celebration of Choose Privacy Week 2013, download ACCC’s free resources to get the information you need to better protect yourself against identity theft:
Sponsored by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, Choose Privacy Week is in its fourth year. Contact your local library for more information and resources. Help raise awareness for Choose Privacy Week on Twitter using the hashtag #ChoosePrivacy.
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