Friday, June 1, 2012

Child Identity Theft Due to Data Breaches

Jennifer Dennard has written an article that provides context to my company's donation of privacy breach detection services to Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare .

The article brings up some interesting points about children and identity theft. One of the article she references has a quote I thought was worth repeating here.
"Kids don't know they're ... victims. Their parents don't know they're ... victims, because they're not out there engaging in credit transactions. They're not going to know that someone's opened a credit line using their number, so child identity theft can permeate for years before it's ever discovered." - Utah Assistant Attorney General Richard Hamp
BTW - A recent Carnegie Mellon University study on over 40,000 children found that over 10% of them were victims of identity theft.
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Sources:
(a) Veriphyr HIT Gives Littlest Victims of Patient Identity Theft a Fighting Chance - NPR, May 23, 2012
(b) Identity Theft: 'Kids Don't Know They're Victims' - EMRandEHR.com, May 24, 2012

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