Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release

January 28, 2013
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Attorney General Bondi Recognizes Data Privacy Day and Encourages Floridians to Protect Their Personal Information

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–In recognition of Data Privacy Day, Attorney General Pam Bondi encourages people to protect their personal information and control their digital footprints.

“By protecting personal information, Floridians can help safeguard themselves from identification theft and fraud,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Two common ways that identity theft takes place are “phishing” and peer-to-peer file sharing. “Phishing” occurs when a third party pretends to be a reputable contact and convinces consumers to provide their personal identification information, which usually leads to identity theft. Peer-to-peer file sharing, which is sharing music, pictures, and videos with peers, can lead to identity theft because users could unknowingly be downloading malware or spyware that allows identity thieves to obtain personal information.

Consumers can follow the tips below to protect personal information: The Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office is the enforcement authority for all multi-circuit violations of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. The Division investigates and litigates illegal activities such as fraud, theft, and misleading advertising.
If you believe your personal online data has been compromised, please contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office.