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Understanding Digital Footprints: Steps to Protect Personal Information

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9 pages
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This 2016 guide for law enforcement provides an overview of how personnel can be proactive in monitoring and limiting their digital footprint.


This document serves as a guide for law enforcement personnel, emphasizing how personal information is increasingly accessible on the Internet and bringing attention to the potential consequences that law enforcement personnel and their family and friends might face as a result. The document discusses how criminals might investigate someone, the practice of doxing, and other malicious uses of officers’ information. The document also provides details on how individuals can protect their personal information, with a list of cyber do’s and don’ts, and advice for what to do once an individual has become a victim of cyber crimes including identity theft. It also includes additional resources for training opportunities and education on the topic.

Date Published: January 1, 2016