ID Management

[T]he company said just 2% of those informed by the company in March of the security breach had accepted its offer of free credit monitoring and none had reported identity theft. All the others will also be offered the services it said. (From CNN, or see the statement here.) So, let’s review. A slew of…

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Lexis Nexis is saying that they understated the number of victims in last month’s incident. It is not 32,000, but 310,000. Kudos to them for stepping up and admitting to it. It’s the right thing both ethically and strategically. Reed spokesman Patrick Kerr said that the first batch of breaches was uncovered by Reed during…

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Grits for Breakfast writes about his testimony before the Texas House in Biometrics debate hinged on ID theft: The committee also seemed surprised that DPS had included facial recognition technology in their drivers license re-engineering RFP, even though the Legislature did not approve it. My understanding is that the AAMVA (American Association of Motor Vehicle…

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With the announcement yesterday of a stolen laptop with 30 years of alumni social security numbers on it, and the October break-in that led to 1.4 million people being exposed, how long until California forbids the University from holding such numbers? Clearly, they’re not to be trusted; students have no choice but to provide that…

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Bad advice on use of social security numbers abounds, often in technical documentation. Credit goes to reader Jonathan Conway for digging many these out. There are a few very common errors which we can find, thank to Jonathan’s research: Social security numbers are un-changing. No, they are not. Victims of identity theft, domestic abuse, or…

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