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Privacy Policy

Magazine article Information Today

Privacy Policy

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When I was reading my incoming emails last month, I was just about to delete one I thought was spam. But instead, I opened this "Important Message." One of my credit card companies was notifying me that its marketing vendor, Epsilon, had experienced "unauthorized access" to email address files. One of those was mine. Then another notification arrived from another company, and then another.

In between the "Dear" salutation and the "Sincerely" signoff, the emails cautioned me to "ignore any e-mail that requests your confidential account or login information." Right, that's obvious. But who else gets my data from a company without me ever knowing about it ... that is, until I'm notified about a breach? Even with all the privacy safeguards we try to enforce, data is still being breached. Check out Legal Issues on page 28 for more on privacy.

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