[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…Read More 59 breaches at Lexis-Nexis
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…Read More Lexis Nexis, Tenfold
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…Read More Small Bits: Biometrics in Drivers Licenses, Cars, Privacy Art
Screendiscussion makes a case for criminal records searching as an adjunct to a background check: One of the biggest downsides is that the records can only be searched by name, an occurrence that is becoming more common even at the lower courts. This might not be a problem if the name being searched is pretty…Read More "Public Availability of Private Information"
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…Read More Three Times is Enemy Action
A man who pleaded guilty to hacking into an Arkansas data company’s computer system and stealing personal identification files was sentenced Wednesday to nearly four years in federal prison. Daniel J. Baas, 26, of suburban Milford, entered his plea in December 2003, after being indicted that August. Baas was a systems administrator for Market Intelligence…Read More Discretionary Disclosure
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…Read More Bad advice on SSNs