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Bob Ferguson

Data Privacy Day slipped right past me yesterday. ... The educational campaign's timing certainly is right. Just last week, payment processor Heartland Payment Systems reported what might be the biggest data-loss incident of all time. Monster.com also had a scary breach. ...  
A Bellevue company that creates touch screens says it’s created a new tool that tracks consumers’ faces as they look at interactive displays.
The agency that brought you the enormously popular “Do Not Call” registry today announced new rules banning “robocalls” from telemarketers.
It’s been a busy week for the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection High-Tech Fraud Unit, which announced three wins this week alone.
Totally Free Flatscreen TV/LCD Monitor! ABSOLUTELY FREE GIFT CARDS! Caribbean Vacation - All Expenses Paid!!! You can have it all for nothing! And it’s so easy! All you have to do is complete an online survey. Or sign up for a trial subscription for some service. Or spam a few friends … oops, we mean make a few “referrals.” But did you ever think about what happens with all the information you send over the Internet? Chances are it’s being dumped into a marketing database to be sold over and over again.
TJX, the parent company of retailers T.J. Maxx and Marshalls and  data brokers Reed Elsevier and Seisint reached settlements with the Federal Trade Commission last week in two unrelated data breach cases. ... The Attorney General's Office encourages businesses to read this guide for protecting personal information.
We've warned you before about so-called freebies. Now online advertiser ValueClick, Inc., will pay a record $2.9 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its advertising claims and e-mails were deceptive and violated federal law. ...
Hate junk mail? Several services including the Direct Marketing Association’s newly revamped Web site allow you to remove your address from mailing lists for catalogs and more. See Attorney General Rob McKenna’s latest column for ...
RCR Wireless News reported that Bellevue-based Intelius, Inc., shelved its cell phone directory service after being battered by public officials, corporate executives and consumers over privacy ...
Attorney General Rob McKenna released his 2008 legislative agenda yesterday, including several important consumer protection initiatives. McKenna's agenda includes bills to guard Washington residents from identity theft, protect consumers ...


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