One of the most taken-for-granted pieces of government documentation has got to be the poor, misunderstood Social Security card. While it has always been designed to be physically counterfeit-proof, the card itself offers no proof that the bearer is actually who he says he is. It’s the information contained on the face of the card […]

One of the more frustrating aspects to consumer protection from identity theft, data breaches, and cybercrime is the current state-by-state basis that our legal system uses to address this type of crime. Consumers and businesses alike are subject to different laws, depending on where they’re located. But a new bill that has already come up […]

As if telephone, mail, and online scamming of the public weren’t awful enough, specific scammers actually that target the elderly now. These individuals’ inherently trusting nature, the stereotype that many senior citizens are unfamiliar with newer technology, and the very specific fears associated with things like having their utilities shut off or needing a better price on […]

The Identity Theft Resource Center and the Federal Trade Commission routinely conduct focused research on the impact of identity theft in order to get a clear picture of the nature and aftermath of this crime. For the fifteenth year in a row, the number one consumer complaint to the FTC is identity theft, and targeted efforts are […]

We’ve come a long way from the days when identity theft first became a widespread problem, back when law enforcement officials didn’t quite know how to address it. It was such a new, unheard of issue even as recently as the 1980s that victims, the financial sector, and the judicial system alike often felt lost. […]

A Florida case involving a drug dealer may have changed the face of individual privacy in this country. The police in the case used a few different methods to locate and apprehend the suspect without obtaining a warrant, methods that the Florida Supreme Court has now declared illegal. In the 2007 case of Shawn Alvin […]

In a matter that has frustrated both individuals and open internet advocates, Google is slowly making its way through the mountain of requests that have flooded their offices since the EU ruled earlier this year on the Right to Be Forgotten. The ruling gives citizens the right to request certain webpages be removed from linking […]

California Governor Edmund Brown, Jr., signed proposed ID theft legislation into law on September 30th, marking a significant step in protecting citizens from data breaches and the resulting fraud. The bill, AB 1710, will take effect on the first day of the new year, and will go a long way towards helping consumers recover from […]

With the growing rates of ID theft and tax refund fraud, thieves have taken their crimes to even the state income tax level in order to make fast money. One state has implemented a computer system to help prevent tax refund fraud, but the end result has been a slower payout of as many as […]

It’s one of the more difficult conundrums surrounding internet use: the more awareness and education about internet safety that works its way into the public consciousness, the faster the bad guys have to work to keep up. As organizations like the ITRC work to keep the public informed about some of the more dangerous behaviors and […]