Stolen Lives: Your Vanishing Privacy


Our privacy is under attack on many fronts: from identity theft to government surveillance to high-flying domestic drones. Charles Feldman reports it may be the story of the early part of the 21st Century – a story about “Stolen Lives: Your Vanishing Privacy.”

 Even though experts tell us to guard our private information, many of us willingly give it up. Pete Demetriou reports.

Once something is out there in cyber-space, it could be out there forever. Margaret Carrero reports.

There are lots of warnings about protecting your privacy online, so here are some tips on how to do that. Tom Reopelle reports.

How safe is your credit card from hacking? Margaret Carrero reports.

You don’t have to go far these days to find public Wi-Fi so you can connect to the Internet, but are you putting yourself and your personal information at risk? Margaret Carrero reports.

New computer technology can help if you ever misplace your keys. But it also adds another possible threat to your personal security. Chris Sedens reports.

What information about you is on the Internet – and how did it get there? Chris Sedens reports.

As people try to protect their private information, many don’t even think about their DNA. Pete Demetriou reports.

As computers take more control over cars and other transportation systems, the threat from a hack attack revs up. Ed Mertz reports.

When you’re online, sometimes you see the same ads over and over again – and it isn’t random. Ed Mertz reports.

If you’re not paying attention to what your kids are doing on the Internet or with their cell phones, someone else might be watching them. Ed Mertz reports.

As computers and the Internet become more sophisticated, it’s much harder to know what’s legit and what’s a scam when you’re surfing the Web. Chris Sedens reports.

Many of us store a lot of personal information and data on “The Cloud”, but the recent hacking of private celebrity nude pictures has many questioning just how safe “The Cloud” really is! Chris Sedens reports.

Many things you own are connected to the Internet – and they’re communicating with each other. Chris Sedens reports.

While many people worry about drones flying all over the place, some businesses like them and are working to expand their use. Charles Feldman reports.

The next big thing for law enforcement in this country: drones. But while police tend to be enthusiastic about that prospect, many others are not. Charles Feldman reports.

Some are calling it “the biggest crime spree in the history of America!” They’re talking about various forms of ID theft. Charles Feldman reports.

For those who long worried that government was tracking our phone calls, emails and texts, computer professional Edward Snowden’s leaks of classified information from the National Security Agency, provided – at least to some – proof. Charles Feldman reports.

The government wants everyone in the U.S. to have electronic medical records, but at what cost to privacy? Charles Feldman reports.

There are steps you can take to protect yourself online. Tom Reopelle talked with Dr. Lance Larson, information security consultant and professor at San Diego State University.

If you’re keeping an eye on what your kids are doing online…somebody else might be watching them too! Ed Mertz talked with attorney Parry Aftab, executive director of the online safety website

What’s the best way to keep your information safe? Maybe it’s “The Cloud,” maybe not. Chris Sedens talked with Raj Samani, Chief Technology Officer for McAfee in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Be careful what you put on the web, because it could be there much longer than you’d like! Margaret Carrero talked with ‘digital hitman’ Frank Ahearn.

If your privacy is interrupted by phone calls from people trying to sell you something, they CAN be stopped. Laraine Herman talked with Bikram Bandy, program coordinator for the FTC’s “Do Not Call” program.

Many people fear an invasion of privacy by drones flying overhead. Charles Feldman talked with LAPD Commander Andrew Smith.

Medical records aren’t as private as they used to be. Charles Feldman talked with Dr. Deborah Peel, founder of the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation.

Traveling with the right type of credit card could prevent you from being a victim. Margaret Carrero talked with Los Angeles Times travel editor Catharine Hamm.

Your DNA is all over the place, but could it be used against you? Pete Demetriou talked with forensic DNA expert Dr. Monte Miller.

Many children are victims of cyber-bullying, and their parents don’t even know it. Ed Mertz talked with attorney Parry Aftab, executive director of the online safety website

As cars rely more and more on computers, they are becoming more vulnerable to hackers. Ed Mertz talked with Dr. Michael Franz, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at UC Irvine.

If you think the Web is a big part of your life now, one of the so-called “Fathers of the Internet” says it will become even bigger in the future. Chris Sedens talked with Dr. Vinton Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google.

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