Reach out and touch your elected officials!

Thursday morning. Recently, both TCB and I have had our financial information compromised - he through the theft of a government computer me because some idiot kid at my Alma Mater hacked into a secure part of the school's server. There is just no worse feeling than knowing someone could be running around creating a false identity with your personal information and ruining your life. Oh, wait...there is a feeling that's worse: not knowing that someone is running around doing evil things with your personal information because the company or entity responsible isn't required to tell you of the theft!

The Federal Trade Commission has estimated that 9.9 million Americans are victims of identity theft every year. Many states have already passed strong laws that provide notice to consumers when their personal information has been compromised. I used a form that I found on the Internet to send a message to my Senators and Congressman letting them know that this issue is important to me and that I want them to either create or support legislation that will safeguard our personal financial information.

If you're interested in doing the same, go to (run by the folks who put out Consumer Reports, a not-for-profit) and fill in your information. Once you click on the Submit button, emails will automatically be sent to your elected officials and you'll be given PDF or Word copies of what's been sent. Super simple and it's through direct action like this that Congress knows what the will of the people is on important matters.


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