Data Privacy: Taking It Personally

Quick. In 2012, what was the number one complaint submitted to the FTC?

You guessed it: Identity theft. And it has been the number one complaint for 13 years straight.

That makes Data Privacy Day the ideal time to think about how you can protect your identity.

Latanya Sweeney, the FTC’s Chief Technologist, recently told us that something as simple as an online resume could be a treasure trove for identity thieves. It turns out that a web search can reveal the names, Social Security numbers, and birthdates of thousands of people because this information appears in many online resumes.

So what can you do?

Be strategic about what you include in your resume. For example, don’t include your Social Security number or date of birth; include your age and home address only if you must.

What else can you do to protect your identity?

Want more tips? Check out this video for five to-do’s to make protecting your identity part of your everyday routine.

 

Comments

While I think the information and links are correct and straight forward as long as you follow some of the links, I think you also have a lot of information re online efforts in particular, which is a gold mine of information due to people's ignorances of plain lack of not realizing things.

First: You make no mention of ANY secured communications. Every decent current browser will indicate whether they are using a secure data transfer and if the security. Whenever any data is transferred, the transmission should be done securely, via shttp. It's sort of a pregnancy test: if it's NOT using shttp, do NOT give ANY unnecessary information to that site!
If it is a secure site, then you still can't be sure, but almost no newbie or neophyte is aware of the purpose of a site using shttp.

Second, much of the information isn't going to be clear to the neophyte, which makes up the major proportion of users these days. Better clarity could be achieved by the use of more bullet points rather than just the straight prose, which is so much more than needed to explain things. User the prose to back up the bullet points, and THEN provide the prose.

There are other points, but I won't go into them or I'll end up writing a book :) here.

Regards,

Twayne

it should be unlawful for any 3party,any unauthorized company with in meaning of their policy or any policy to.disclose "entire " socials security numbers or any "sensitive data.routinely.!!these disclosures are ruthlessly leaving americans extremely at risk to.one of the most horrible things that can.occur ,id theft.

I did mail my complaint to the FBI at 4500 Orange Grove Ave,Sacramento,CA 95841.The business I reported was Docusign,Inc They ripped me off & I'm thinking they are doing that to several comsumers.Mr.Aman told me he would take care of my one late notice on my credit report he just needed more info. I gave him credit card# & he charged me acct $59.99,then he transferred me to his associate,this guy told me he would be the one to erase my only late charge on my credit report but I had to pay him,$4,000.00. I told him I don't have that amount not even $1000.00,I told him I could not afford it.So I hung up on him,then 3days later I received my $59.99 credit report. I called the BBB & they told me that company wasn't a legal business, that I should not do business with them, but it was too late I had already given them my credit card & they charged $59.99 for my credit report, which I knew better. I could get it free.But the reason I gave him my credit card# because he told me they were the people that would remove my one late notice from my credit report,after I gave him credit card then he told me I had to talk to his co-worker & he would tell me what he needed to remove my 1 late notice,that's when I told him I didn't have $4,000 dollars & I hung up. I used to work for the State of Cal. in the fraud department looking for businesses that take advantage of customers especially Mexicans that are here illegal & their employers pay them cash under the table & they pay them less than the minimum,no benefits & they work overtime for less then $5.00/hr. I wasn't working at the time this business called me. So I was not aware that they were doing fraud,until I called the BBB they told me they were not a legal business.Which I was surprised.That's when I started thinking about my previous job and I decided to write to the FBI,I'm hoping they look in to this business because if they took advantage of me I'm sure they have done that to many customers & I'm sure some have even paid them the $4,000.00 they request. Let's hope they eventually get caught in their fraud scheme.If anything they should be made to return the money they have charged, like they charge me for a free credit report. Thank you for letting me know what you guys do. Since I no longer work for the State of California I still go around looking & listening to business owners bragging about how much money they are making by taking advantage of illegals that work in California.

IDENTITY THEFT AND PHISHING ARE RIFE. TAKE CARE DO NOT GIVE PERSONAL PARTICULARS TO PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT ENTITLED TO DEMAND AND RECEIVE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION.

Who do I report WEB sites to that provide personal information, at a fee, to anyone requesting it and not even requiring what used to be common place --- an id to identify the recipient of the data? I have run into two that have detailed personal info available to anyone at a price. They collect the info from who knows where as I have always avoided on-line use of much of what they show on-line to get users. I'd hire a Lawyer if I could afford it. It's an illegitimate business dealing in personal info.

You can file a complaint with the FTC at www.ftc.gov/complaint.

MY BACKGROUND HAS BEEN RUINED DUE TO A DISGRUNTED X-HELP I NOW HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD BEYOND MISDEMEANOR DRIVING OFFENSES AND CAN NOT GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHO AND HOW THIS OCCURED. IT HAS KEPT ME OUT OF WORK AND SCHOOL PLEASE HELP I DONT HAVE RESOURCES TO FIGHT IN COURT. I JUST WANT TO STRAIGHTEN IT OUT AND HAVE MY LIVELYHOOD RESTORED.

I already reported to FTC an identity theft report , today an email came from a person I had a suspicion of and my mobile security stopped it from beginning a virus. So how do I send the email to the FTC ?

If you filed a complaint with the FTC online, you should have received a complaint reference number via email. If you call the hotline 1-877-FTC-HELP and reference your complaint number, you can ask the counselor if it's necessary to send a copy of the email. The counselor will guide you on how to send the information if needed.

I just found out that a company used my home address to register a domain and on line business.
I've contacted the providers of the fraud by email and so far 3 days with no response.
I obtained all the information through the site, Whois.com so I have the correct information. Getting nowhere fast. Any suggestions?

Why hasnt the issue with id theft when ur storage unit was auctioned and my and my chilldrema docs were in the unit. If u go to your local swapmeet you will see others checkbooks etc... Mixed in general population

I have received 2 check in the mail from prospective employers. One is Baker & McKenzie LLP, they sent a bad cashier's check for $2480.00, the other check was from Siemens Healthcare for $1,960.89. which wa a bd check. Beware of posting resumes on line. Both the Priority mail express envelopes had the same tracking number which tells me it was sent by the same person who scamed by over $50,000 in the last year. His name is Steve Joshua Daniels and claims he is in London. He scams women for money with his sad stories. Beware of him.

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