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Privacy Awareness Week

Privacy Awareness Week - The Beacon


By: Jackie

Privacy Awareness Week

We are in the middle of Privacy Awareness Week 2014. The theme this year is “Mobilize Your Privacy” and focuses on privacy protection when using mobile devices. Privacy Awareness Week began in 2002 in Australia to create awareness of the importance of guarding one’s personal identifying information when using the Internet. It was subsequently adopted by the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities of which the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is a participating member.

Privacy Awareness Week tips for safeguarding your information on your mobile devices include
• Avoiding apps that leak your information
• Watching out for untrusted apps
• Clearing out unused apps
• Using anti-virus software
• Erasing all apps before you recycle your device
• Protecting your device

U.S. consumers can find safety tips at It features videos, games, articles, and blog posts with practical tips for using computers and mobile devices. Some examples of what you’ll find on the site include:

Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online was updated recently with new information about mobile apps, public Wi-Fi networks, and text message spam.
Understanding Mobile Apps includes questions you might consider before downloading mobile apps for yourself or your kids.
Kids and Mobile Phones offer tips to help teach kids to think about safety and responsibility when going mobile.

Businesses in the U.S. can visit the Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Business Center, to get guidance on how to comply with FTC consumer protection rules. Some of the information available at the site includes Mobile App Developers: Start with Security, 5 top takeaways of the Mobile Privacy Disclosures report and the FTC’s settlements with Credit Karma and Fandango.

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Jackie is the Operations and Education Foundation Assistant with the BBB. She assists consumers with business inquiries, and does presentations to senior groups and high school students. She is a regular contributor to the blog.