Tag Archives: Children

ID Theft Puts Privacy And Financial Security Of Medical Patients, Taxpayers – Even Children – At Risk

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There were 12.7 million adult victims of identity theft nationwide in 2014, including over 1.5 million in California, according to the California Attorney General’s Office. “My educated guess is that nearly every adult in the U.S. has been affected by at least one breach involving their Social Security number and/or sensitive personal financial information. Most people have likely been affected by more than one breach,” said Beth Givens, Executive Director of the nonprofit Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. Givens predicts health care institution breaches will continue to be big stories in 2016. Other likely targets are educational institutions and government agencies. Read More ›

Something New to Worry About: Connected Toy Security

by Bree Fowler, Associated Press

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Rapid7 researchers examined the Fisher Price Smart Toy, an interactive stuffed animal for children aged 3 to 8 that connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi. They also took a look at HereO, a GPS smartwatch that allows parents to track their child’s location. In both cases, they found that the toys failed to safeguard children’s information such as their names and in the case of the watch, their location, storing it on remote servers in such a way that unauthorized people could access it by masquerading as legitimate users. … Toy-related security problems began to grab headlines late last year. Read More ›

Lawmaker Seeks To Squelch Flame Retardants

by Samantha Weigel, San Mateo Daily Journal

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Leno said SB 763 is a continuation of his successful legislation last year that requires upholstered furniture such as beds and couches be labeled as to whether they contain flame retardant chemicals. Ultimately, the hope is informed consumers through market demand will phase out the use of flame retardants, Leno said. “Our new fire safety standard, equally fire safe … allows for compliance with or without the use of these toxic flame retardants,” Leno said. Read More ›

SB 763: CFC, Firefighters, Environmentalists Back Disclosure Of Chemical Hazards In Children’s Products

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The Consumer Federation of California (CFC) has joined with professional firefighters and environmental advocates to co-sponsor legislation letting parents know whether products they buy for their children contain ineffective and hazardous flame retardants. … These chemicals have been linked to reproductive harm, cancer and other human health hazards. Fire safety experts consider them to be ineffective in preventing household fires. Read More ›

CFC, Firefighters, Environmentalists Back Disclosure of Chemical Hazards in Children’s Products

SACRAMENTO – The Consumer Federation of California (CFC) has joined with professional firefighters and environmental advocates to co-sponsor legislation letting parents know whether products they buy for their children contain ineffective and hazardous flame retardants. Read More ›

California Law Allows Kids to Erase Digital Indiscretions

by Ronnie Cohen, Reuters

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California teenagers, who post photographs of themselves wearing too little clothing or having had too much to drink, will have the legal right to erase their online indiscretions under newly enacted first-in-the-nation legislation. Read More ›