Id Theft Alerts

December 05, 2007
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How Much Do You Make?

If you think that information is private to you, your employer and the IRS then you might want to know about the Work Number.

The Work Number is a service of Equifax that captures the salaries and job titles of 46 million Americans every time they collect a paycheck. That is roughly one out of every three Americans who work.

Equifax sells this information to lenders and employers.

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CMS to Verify HIPAA Compliance

Finally! The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it will begin on-site reviews of HIPAA compliance at hospitals.  The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed into law in 1996 but until now it has not been enforced with any rigour.   CMS said that they expect to review ten to twenty hospitals over the next nine months.

This announcement represents a departure from the previous plan of "
outreach and education," or as I like to call it, "wait for complaints and then just telling the hospital do better next time."

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TSA Exposes Users To ID Theft

A House of Representatives panel has released a report about the poor security of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) web site.

It is not suprrising that the problems cited were cronyism and a lack of oversight.  These problems lead to thousands of visitors to the web site having their identities exposed to identity theft.

The site was awarded to Desyne Web Services with a no-bid contract worth an estimated $500,000.  However, all this money wasn't enough to buy a $100 security certificate that would have protected site users.  Or even a spell checker according to the report.

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