Asa Aarons wrote recently in the Oct. 2 New York Daily News:
"In the past nine months, sloppy data security at businesses, schools, hospitals, government agencies and other organizations have put more than 84 million consumers worldwide at increased risk of identity theft, according to attrition.org, a data breach tracking site."
Mr. Aarons quotes one identity-theft victim, who asked some very relevant questions about the company that lost her personal data:
Aren't these organizations culpable for safeguarding the personal information they hold? This is not only annoying and aggravating, it is time-consuming on my part - and I did nothing to get into this situation..."
Excellent question. Valid concerns. I know how this person feels. Mr. Aarons' article is good for beginners. If you have any experience with identity theft, you know that there's a lot more to consider. I hope that Mr. Aaron writes some follow-up articles for his readers. Some possible topics:
- How to tell if the free credit monitoring offer (from the company that just lost your personal data) is worthy or not
- The difference between a Security Breach and a Security Freeze
- How to protect your credit information at the 3 national credit bureaus
- Why consumers should check their C.L.U.E. insurance reports
- The difference between a Fraud Alert and a Security Freeze
- What are companies doing (or not) to protect the personal data they archive about their former employees
- The personal data sent off-shore about employees, former employees, and customers
With identity theft, there's a lot to consider.