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Protecting Confidential Information The Right Way

Written by  ED DEVLIN, CBCP March 10, 2014

That show reminded me that about a month ago I received a letter from one of my credit card companies. It advised me that someone illegally accessed their files. There was the possibility that my private and personal information has been exposed. They suggested I check my credit card purchases closely to protect myself if someone was using my identity. Then they went on to offer me an “insurance policy” to protect me against any losses I could sustain from this exposure of confidential information. They were even going to give me the first month free. Now here’s my problem. In order to obtain a credit card, I had to provide the credit card company with all my confidential information. I was led to believe their data security systems would prevent people from gaining access to my confidential information. Someone did obtain it. Oops! “We’re sorry.” Apparently the only responsibility these companies have for

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