Trump focuses on perils of cyber crime in proclamation of National Consumer Protection week

Trump focuses on perils of cyber crime in proclamation of National Consumer Protection week
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President Trump on Monday declared this week National Consumer Protection Week, underscoring the need to increase awareness about cyber crime. 

Trump directed industry leaders and government officials to engage in “consumer education activities” across the country to raise awareness about data protection and identity theft, according to the proclamation released by the White House on Monday afternoon.

National Consumer Protection Week runs from March 5 through March 11, and has been recognized by the federal government and national, state, and local organizations for years. The Federal Trade Commission, for example, uses it to highlight free information for consumers on identity theft protection and privacy. 

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The proclamation is not a first for the White House; the week has been officially recognized by past administrations, including those of Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaReport: FCC chair to push for complete repeal of net neutrality Right way and wrong way Keystone XL pipeline clears major hurdle despite recent leak MORE and George W. Bush. 

“Cyber crimes, which defraud hard-working Americans, cost our families billions of dollars each year and result in tremendous stress, loss of time, and hardship,” Trump said in the statement. “Americans must have access to the tools necessary to protect their personal information and privacy and know how to use them to improve their online security.”

“I call upon government officials, industry leaders, and advocates to educate our citizens about the protection of personal information and identity theft through consumer education activities in communities across the country,” Trump said. 

The threat of cyber crime has attracted increased attention in the wake of massive breaches at Yahoo and the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management in which Americans had their sensitive personal information exposed. 

Trump said that the week “reminds us of the importance of empowering consumers by helping them to more capably identify and report cyber scams, monitor their online privacy and security, and make well-informed decisions.”