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Question:
As a Family Readiness Group (FRG) leader, what privacy issues should I be aware of?

Answer:
You should be aware of the contents in the Privacy Act regarding confidentiality of personal information and records. The Army Family Readiness Group Leader's Handbook that is part of the Operation READY materials discusses an FRG Leader’s responsibility regarding privacy of personal information such as the requirement to obtain an FRG member’s authorization to release contact information to other members (e.g., as in a group roster) or what kind of information can be included in your newsletter, in an email, on a website, etc. Consult the Legal Services office in your military community regarding updates and changes to regulations governing privacy issues.

Question:
How safe is it to provide financial information (such as my credit card number) on-line or over the telephone?

Answer:
There is always a certain measure of risk when you provide financial information (such as your credit card number) on-line or over the telephone. To minimize the risk of becoming a victim of identity theft or fraud, do not give out personal your information to others unless you have a reason to trust them. If making an online purchase or banking transaction, make sure the site you are using is secure. In other words, make sure that the website uses some method of encryption to transfer data across the Internet. One way to tell that a site is secure is by noting that the URL (Web address) begins with "https://" rather than just "http://" and by looking for a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen, usually in the lower right corner of your browser.

Question:
What type of things should I put in a safe deposit box or fire-proof box?

Answer:
Safe deposit boxes, available through financial institutions, and fire-proof boxes that you can keep in your own home are used to safeguard important records and valuables. An example of the things you might want to safeguard are legal documents such as your marriage and birth certificates, adoption papers, insurance policies, powers of attorney, deeds, stocks and bonds, and other important documents. You might also want to place any valuable jewelry, or things such as stamp or coin collections in such a place. Note that while it is important to put your will in a safe and accessible place, you might not want to put your will in a safe deposit box because some states may require your survivors to have a court order to allow them access to it. You should make sure that the person you appointed as your personal representative (executor) knows where your will is, or provide him/her with a signed copy.
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