If you're feeling a little paranoid about identity theft, your concerns are justified. You're not being paranoid; these threats are real. Oftentimes, in fact more frequently than you might guess, thieves get through by social engineering.
It's not hard to demonize Facebook for their actions, but this problem is the same with every major company on the Internet today. The current relationship between consumers and Internet companies is unsustainable.
Campaigns have entered the era of "Big Data" -- they target voters based on scraps of information they gather from unlikely places. Voters used to be the ones obsessing over details of a candidate's personal life. Now the tables have turned.
A brief flash of TV footage underscores a huge problem for all card-carrying Medicare recipients: they are sitting targets for identity theft. We need a paradigm shift in the way we see identify theft: the ultimate guardian of the consumer is the consumer.