Protecting Health Information: the HIPAA Security and Breach Notification Rules


Fact Sheet 8dProtecting Health Information:
the HIPAA Security and Breach Notification Rules

Health Privacy outside the Healthcare Environment: Health Records on the Job, Available to the Government, and in Credit Reports


Fact Sheet 8eHealth Privacy outside the Healthcare Environment:
Health Records on the Job, Available to the Government, and in Credit Reports

Wiretapping and Eavesdropping on Telephone Calls


Fact Sheet 9Wiretapping and Eavesdropping on Telephone Calls

My Social Security Number - How Secure Is It?


Fact Sheet 10My Social Security Number - How Secure Is It?

When Social Security numbers were first issued in 1936, the federal government assured the public that use of the numbers would be limited to Social Security programs such as calculating retirement benefits. Today, however, the Social Security number (SSN) has become the de facto national identifier.

Government agencies and private businesses use SSNs for a wide range of non-Social Security purposes — such as employee files, medical records, health insurance accounts, credit and banking accounts, university ID cards, utility accounts, and many more. The use of SSNs as both an identifier and an authenticator makes these numbers highly desirable to criminals, such as identity thieves.

Social Security Numbers FAQ


Fact Sheet 10aSocial Security Numbers FAQ

A company I do business with recently called and left a message on my answering machine asking for my SSN and date of birth. I've heard one should never give out this information over the phone. Can they do this?  Is it normal to ask for this information?

I gave out my Social Security number over the phone and now I am worried that it is a scam. What should I do?

Someone knows my personal information and Social Security number, but I do not trust the person. What can I do to protect myself?

Learn the answers to these and other questions by reading our Fact Sheet on Social Security Numbers Frequently Asked Questions. Learn how to guard your Social Security number and what to do if you accidentally give it out.

From Cradle to Grave: Government Records and Your Privacy


Fact Sheet 11From Cradle to Grave:
Government Records and Your Privacy

Checklist of Responsible Information-Handling Practices


Fact Sheet 12Checklist of Responsible Information-Handling Practices

Personal Data Retention and Destruction Plan


Fact Sheet 12aPersonal Data Retention and Destruction Plan

At Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, we believe your right to privacy is about being in control of your personal information. An obvious part of that equation is keeping good personal records. Just like companies have data retention and destruction policies, so should you. Read our newest fact sheet on creating a personal data retention and destruction plan.

Are You Being Stalked?


Fact Sheet 14Are You Being Stalked?

Stalking refers to harassing or threatening behavior that is engaged in repeatedly. Physical stalking is following someone, appearing at a person’s home or place of business, making harassing phone calls, leaving written messages or objects, or vandalizing one’s property. In recent years, stalkers have seized on the anonymity of the Internet to commit their crimes. This has added a new dimension because many victims of cyberstalking don’t know the identity of the stalkers. That can make the fear more palpable and prosecution more unlikely.

 

Security Recommendations For Stalking Victims


Fact Sheet 14aSecurity Recommendations For Stalking Victims
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