Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Mar 11 2009
The season for spring cleaning and filing taxes is a great time to destroy sensitive documents you no longer need. But if the thought of tediously hand-feeding piles of personal papers into your home shredder makes it tough to get motivated, we have a solution. Attend a free community shred party and watch the professionals pulverize your papers into bits in mere minutes.
Jan 29 2009
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. ...  
Oct 30 2008
A Bellevue company that creates touch screens says it’s created a new tool that tracks consumers’ faces as they look at interactive displays.
Aug 19 2008
The agency that brought you the enormously popular “Do Not Call” registry today announced new rules banning “robocalls” from telemarketers.
May 02 2008
It’s been a busy week for the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection High-Tech Fraud Unit, which announced three wins this week alone.
May 02 2008
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.
Mar 31 2008
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.
Mar 21 2008
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. ...
Feb 01 2008
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 ...
Feb 01 2008
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 ...

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