As we emerge from the pandemic, we’re still doing more virtually. Tech support scams exploit our concerns of not being able to function online. These are impostor scams designed to make you think there’s something wrong with your computer. In actuality the problem is non-existent.

The consumer watchdog organization Fraud!Org names these scams among the worst of 2021. According to a 2020 FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center report, the majority of victims are elderly, and the problem is growing.

These scams take different forms. Scammers can send pop-up ads telling you that you have a computer security problem and providing a phone number for service. The pop-up contains an error message that looks like it comes from your operating system

 If you are a tenant in a “smart” building – one that has an access system that uses digital technology, like an RFID card, a mobile phone application, biometric identifier, or key fob to grant entry – your landlord has the ability to collect personal data about you, like your comings and goings, socializing and frequency of guests, and patterns of work. Until recently, your landlord could do whatever they wanted with this data.

State and federal laws provide tenants with various protections

Unemployment insurance fraud takes several forms, such as providing false information on an application, saying you’re not working when you are, and working off the books while collecting benefits. A prevalent form consists of using another person’s identity to file a fraudulent claim.

Because of the pandemic, which resulted in a surge of unemployment claims and overburdened benefits agencies, thousands have fallen victim to unemployment insurance fraud committed via identity theft. Billions

The pandemic resulted in a shift to online learning, with many schools issuing devices (laptops, tablets) to students who otherwise would not have had online access. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a think tank and advocacy organization, recently released two reports delving into whether students who rely on school-issued devices are subject to more monitoring than their peers who have their own.

Monitoring can take the form of teachers viewing students’ online activity in

The New York Privacy Act (NYPA) was recently reintroduced in the State legislature for the 2021 – 2022 legislative session. Previous versions were introduced in earlier legislative sessions but did not move forward.

If enacted into law, the NYPA could potentially be the most comprehensive state privacy law in the country, even broader than similar laws in California, Virginia, and Colorado. It would create an expansive set of consumer rights and impose obligations on data controllers (those

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, we’re heading full speed into the holiday season and its proliferation of scams. Be cautious when sharing information online and take precautions to avoid holiday frauds.

Fake charities reach out this time of year to take advantage of goodwill (and the desire for year-end tax deductions). Confirm the legitimacy of any charity before donating. Don’t donate through a link or provide information to a caller. Instead, support charities through their

Last month, NYC passed a law regulating customer data collected by food delivery services from online orders.  Effective at the end of the year, the law will require delivery services (such as DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats) to furnish customer data (including name, phone number, email and delivery addresses, order contents) at least on a monthly basis to restaurants that request it until the restaurant requests not to receive it.

The law also requires that delivery services disclose to

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