Policymakers should protect against the misuse of data, including:
Policymakers and the private sector should ensure that organizations effectively protect against unauthorized access to or misuse of personal information.
Organizations must effectively inform consumers about how their personal information is secured and what actions will be taken in the event of a security breach.
Companies, government agencies, and individuals should protect the unauthorized use, display, collection, and sale of SSNs. Criminal and civil penalties for SSN misuse should be increased.
Federal policymakers should strengthen protections and enforcement against identity theft.
Policymakers should enact consumer protections and should eliminate deceptive practices. Mail solicitations should not appear to come from the government.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Funeral Rule should be updated to better protect consumers, increase oversight, and promote competition among funeral homes.
The FTC should adopt minimum standards for prepaid funeral contracts. These are sometimes called preneed funeral contracts.
Congress should fund the CPSC at appropriate levels.
Policymakers and the private sector should support the ability of people of all ages, ability levels, and backgrounds to travel.