Once again we see the need for government regulations concerning protection of Personal Information. !0 years worth of Data was exposed By the seventh largest school district in the US.
As we get into 2011
2010 wrapped up with a bang! Major data breaches in Texas included The Houston Independent School District and the Dallas Police Department. Houston's breach covered ten years worth of records on students, employees and vendors.We all know that there should be notification requirements and the majority of states do have some sort of reporting process but not all. So you can't guarantee that you will be notified. However the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse does keep a chronological list of reported breaches going back to 2005. You can access that list through their website at http://www.privacyrights.org/data-breach. It's a very long list and there are already entries for 2011!
What information is Spokeo selling about you and your family?
About Spokeo from someone who is not an expert on Identity theft. This should concern all of us. Not just because of our information, but because of the information available on our family mambers!
A good identity theft protection program should give you peace of mind by keeping you informed. It nice to know when things are added to your credit report. But if you never hear from your identity theft protection program, how do you really know that they are monitoring? Do you just assume that they are monitoring your credit history or do they tell you?