Privacy Awareness Week : ID theft

Having been a victim of ID theft, I can relate to the fact that more Australians are worried about having their identity stolen than any other form of crime. ID theft is more than just stolen identity, it is also the mis-use of personal information by governments and retailers. Although it is less prevalent here than in other places, such as the US or Europe, the on selling of personal information really gets to me. While working overseas, I used to receive all these mails asking me to apply for credit cards, store cards etc.

Although most people believe that ID theft is most likely because of the use of the internet, it can happen anywhere, including the use of credit cards in retailers such as restaurants.

The only solution to preventing ID theft is to stay vigilant with regards to personal information, keep track of all your statements from banks, credit card companies and if need be, monitor your personal credit file.

Links
Privacy Awareness Week 26th August to 1st September 2007

The Age’s “One-in-10 Aussies victims of ID theft

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