April 2003: PRC's Privacy Update Newsletter


In this issue . . .

[1] HIPAA Basics: The Federal Privacy Rule, effective April 14, 2003
The PRC’s Q and A fact sheet is now available on our website – a comprehensive guide to the high-points and low-points of HIPAA.

[2] California & National Do Not Call Lists for Telemarketing
How to register for the Do Not Call Registry.

[3] “Uniting Privacy & the First Amendment in the 21st Century” Conference: May 9 Oakland, CA
Sponsored by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Calif. Office of Privacy Protection, & the First Amendment Projec

California Identity Theft Laws


Read about the laws that apply to victims of identity theft in California.

California Do-Not-Call Registry Is Merging with the Federal List


In 2002, the California Legislature mandated that the state's Attorney General (AG) establish a statewide do-not-call list. It was to be operational by April 1, 2003. But in December 2002, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it would establish a national do-not-call list that would encompass all of the states. Rather than duplicate efforts and confuse consumers, the California AG's office instead joined with the FTC in order to merge the state's efforts with the federal list. The federal list will not be activated until October 2003. Here's how this has all transpired and what it means for you:

Resume Database Nightmare: Job Seeker Privacy at Risk


According to legal documents, HotResumes.com sold 4,941 resumes and/or email addresses to Biotechcareers.com for .33 cents each. 

In any job search, it is undeniably important to circulate a resume. However, job seekers need to carefully minimize privacy issues related to resumes while still maintaining appropriate exposure to employers.

Documents Reveal Serious Job Seeker Resume Privacy Violations


Submitting a resume on the Internet could result in a privacy nightmare for would-be job seekers. Online resume databases could be using and selling personal information in ways never imagined by applicants, according to Pam Dixon and the San Diego-based Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC).

Poll: 91% Voter Support For Financial Privacy Initiative


A public opinion poll commissioned by the Consumer Federation of California Education Foundation found overwhelming voter support for a ballot initiative to protect the privacy of consumer financial information. After hearing a battery of arguments against the initiative, voter support stood at 91 per cent. The poll found no significant difference in support by party affiliation or income level.

Promises of Telemarketing Do-Not-Call Lists And What to Do While You Wait


Fed-up with unwanted telemarketing calls, consumers are anxious to add their telephone number to a do-not-call list. Interest has been fueled by recent media reports of a new do-not-call list soon to launched in California. When this happens, California will join about 20 other states that already have do-not-call lists.

In addition, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has adopted rules that will establish a national do-not-call registry, and the FTC may be joined by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in this effort.

Full-Page Ad Distorts Facts about SB 773, California Financial Privacy Bill


The group's name, as well as its web site's address, www.caprivacyprotection.org, bely the Coalition's true colors. It is an industry-backed organization, comprised of the California Chamber of Commerce and the major financial industry trade associations in the state.

The Coalition's newspaper ad contains outright distortions about the provisions of SB 773. Here are some examples.

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