Consumers must take the initiative to protect their financial records. Many of the recent changes in federal law places the burden on individuals to opt out of the sharing of their financial information. These resources highlight some of the issues and what you can do about it.

The Money Matters report E-Statements and Managing Your Financial Accounts Online Can Offer Big Benefits provides some tips for managing your financial accounts online safely.

Banking & Finance Privacy Resources from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse includes these articles:

From the National Consumer Law Center:

Don't Get Taken to the Bank - Protect Your ATM and Debit Cards from the Better Business Bureau provides some tips to help you avoid having your ATM, credit or debit card's details (name, address, telephone number, card number, credit limit and PIN number) stolen.

From the FTC:

Your financial privacy can also be threatened through scams. The FTC fact sheet Putting Telephone Scams…On Hold describes scams that can cost you your hard earned cash. And to add insult to injury, if you've been a victim of one of these scams, then the scammers may try again with another scam purporting to help you recover your loss from the first one!

Money Matters's Fraud and Privacy Rights Resources provides additional resources for protecting your personal and financial information.

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