While a new Safe Harbor agreement was hoped for by the January 31, 2016 deadline, negotiations still continue. It is expected the European Commission will receive an update, but keep your fingers crossed for an actual deal! In the meantime, American companies continue to rely on recommended provisions to satisfy their privacy protection requirements.
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer recently provided tips to aid individuals to protect themselves from identity theft:
- Shred all documents containing personal, financial or medical information before you throw them out.
- Be cautious using debit cards. Don’t use at gas pumps or for shopping online.
- Don’t respond to e-mails, calls or texts seeking sensitive information. Legitimate companies don’t seek customers’ information this way.
- Create strong passwords that mix letters, numbers and special characters, and use different passwords for different accounts.
- Lock your mailbox. Stolen mail is a leading cause of identity theft.
- Don’t keep your license, title and registration in your glove compartment.