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SCOTUS: Is Trump's Immigration Policy More Constitutional Than Obama's?

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Amy Dardashtian

From a purely legal perspective, our present immigration policy is more favorable to Donald Trump's plan to mass deport immigrants than it is to President Obama's attempts to keep families together.

The IRS Request That Could Help Identity Thieves

Adam Levin | Posted 12.18.2015 | Crime
Adam Levin

In September, the IRS proposed giving nonprofits the option of providing more information about people who contribute $250 or more. What kind of information you ask?

The Invisible Victims of Identity Theft: Our Kids

Adam Levin | Posted 11.12.2015 | Crime
Adam Levin

Why are children a target for identity thieves? It's called "runway." A child's Social Security number is pristine. There is no reason for a minor to use it in connection with any financial or credit-related transaction before reaching the age of 18. Consequently, there's been no need for them, or their parents, to check their credit.

Hackers Stole Social Security Numbers From 21.5 Million People In Recent Data Breach, U.S. Says

Reuters | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 9 (Reuters) - Data breaches at the U.S. government's personnel management agency by hackers, with suspicions centering on China, invo...

The Social Security Number Is Dead. Long Live the Social Security Number?

Adam Levin | Posted 06.23.2015 | Money
Adam Levin

I am a senior citizen. While this distinction entitles me to a variety of perks like discounted movies and bus fare -- as well as the occasional free doughnut (seriously) -- it's also a ticket to the identity theft lottery.

Should We Kill the Social Security Number?

Adam Levin | Posted 06.16.2015 | Technology
Adam Levin

The Anthem breach alone exposed 80 million Social Security numbers, and then was quickly followed by the Premera breach that exposed yet another 11 million Americans' SSNs. The question now: Why are we still using Social Security numbers to identify taxpayers?

It's 10 p.m. Do You Know Where Your Social Security Number Is?

Adam Levin | Posted 01.07.2015 | Technology
Adam Levin

Your Social Security number is a skeleton key in the hands of an identity thief, but it's not just about money. Those nine digits are used in too many transactions to enumerate, and because of that, there are plenty of opportunities for them to fall into the wrong hands.

'You've Got Mail!' Why Your Mail Still Matters to Identity Thieves | Posted 12.30.2014 | Money

If you're an identity thief, you're going to need information. And not necessarily a lot of it. Information is probably one of the reasons identity theft is the top crime. There is so much of it, it's very easy to find and use, and in many cases is a remote crime.

Target Breach Is Tip Of Iceberg

John Fox | Posted 02.22.2014 | Business
John Fox

The Target incident is the tip of the iceberg because, depending on what studies you read, you'll find that most security breaches come from equipment that is not connected to the network.

4 Big Problems With Social Security Numbers

Adam Levin | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business
Adam Levin

While Congressional inaction around Social Security number reform jeopardizes our future financial well-being, federal agencies' needless exposure of our Social Security numbers practically guarantees financial insecurity now.

What's a Data Breach?

Christopher Burgess | Posted 06.22.2013 | Technology
Christopher Burgess

If you are entrusted with data, do take the time to understand the processes and procedures which are in place to protect the data.

5 Places Where You Should Never Give Your Social Security Number

Adam Levin | Posted 02.13.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

Every time you go to a new doctor or dentist and they give you a clipboard brimming with documents to fill out and sign, notice how they always ask for your Social Security number? Do you dutifully give it up? Did you ever wonder if they really need it?

16 Days? Really Gov. Haley, Really?

Andy Brack | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Andy Brack

When the private information of South Carolinians was in peril this fall thanks to a hacker who invaded the state's surprisingly vulnerable Department of Revenue computer system, what did Haley and company do? Wait.

3.6 Million Social Security Numbers Breached In South Carolina Cyber Attack

AP | BRUCE SMITH | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State and federal officials say an international hacker broke into the South Carolina Department of Revenue computer files and gaine...

How Broward Gets A 'D'

Posted 05.24.2012 | Miami

About half of Florida’s school districts -- including Broward County's -- mislead parents into thinking that providing a social security number for ...

David Lohr

Identity Theft: Faking Out The Dead | David Lohr | Posted 02.13.2014 | Crime

Identity thieves are increasingly targeting dead people, according to a new warning from the firm ID Analytics. Personal details of nearly 2.5 mill...

CRACKDOWN: Feds Arrest 105 In Identity Theft Sweep

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 04.01.2012 | Technology

WASHINGTON — The federal government has swooped down on 105 people in 23 states in the past week as part of a nationwide crackdown on identity t...

Student Privacy in Peril: Massive Data Gathering With Inadequate Privacy and Security

Daniel J. Solove | Posted 12.19.2011 | Education
Daniel J. Solove

One thing is for certain: the Department of Education's mishandling of personal student financial data in this latest data breach proves that we should be wary of how the Department will utilize this type of data in the future.

Gerry Smith

In Push For Data, Schools Expose Students To Identity Theft | Gerry Smith | Posted 08.08.2012 | Technology

"Burdened Beginnings" is a series examining the problem of child identity theft. Other stories in the series can be found here. In El Paso, Texas, ...

If You're Worried About Medical Privacy, Better Take Some Xanax

Adam Levin | Posted 12.12.2011 | Business
Adam Levin

Since 2009, 15 million patient records have been purloined, "mislaid," or otherwise compromised. Even if your data does not get posted on a public website, lots of people can see how much prescriptions you've been taking.

'Gypsies': Kentucky Sisters Seek Social Security Numbers

AP | By BRUCE SCHREINER and BRETT BARROUQUERE | Posted 10.14.2011 | Home

LONDON, Ky. -- For more than two decades, a pair of sisters in rural Kentucky have lived without Social Security numbers, doing odd jobs like bartendi...

Colorado Supreme Court: Using a Stolen Social Security Number is Not Identity Theft

Robert Siciliano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Siciliano

I feel like my head is going to explode. The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled "that using someone else's Social Security number is not identity thef...

Children's Social Security Numbers Targeted For Identity Theft

AP | BILL DRAPER | Posted 02.13.2014 | Business

The latest form of identity theft doesn't depend on stealing your Social Security number. Now thieves are targeting your kid's number long before the ...

5 Ways To Protect Your Bank Account From Thieves | Geoff Williams | Posted 02.13.2014 | Business

Identity thieves are getting smarter and more devious, especially when their victims are affluent. As you may have heard, John Menard, a billionaire h...

Assassin or Identity Theft Victims?

Robert Siciliano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Siciliano

If in fact the accused, in the assassination of in Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, are what I would label as criminal identity theft victims, then we are all susceptible to this type of crime.