Id Theft Alerts

February 14, 2010
Identity Theft form the Copier

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What information is a copy machine keeping about you?

Modern office copy machines have hard drives that keep a copy of every document that is faxed, scanned or copied. That can be 20,000 documents stored in one machine.

While in a secure place this isn't a problem. However, when the copier is replaced the old one is sent to an electronics recycler. They may refurbish and sold or taken apart to recover precious metals. If they do not erase the hard drives then all the images from the previous owner are still there.

Your doctor, lawyer or accountant my be unwittingly exposing your personal information. Whenever you replace the office copier make sure the hard drives are erased by you or the recycling company. [article]
AMA Wants Out of Red Flags Rule

The American Dental Association (ADA), American Medical Association (AMA), American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) are the latest groups to challenge the FACTA red flags rule. The challenge came in a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. The groups claim that the FTC's interpretation of the regulation imposes an "unjustified, unfunded mandate" on health professionals. [press release]

The Red Flag rule was put into place to require organizations to set up systems to detect potential identity theft. The rule has been postponed for two years and challenged by nearly every company it would cover. This rule either needs to be made a law by congress or dropped.
The FBI is Watching

The FBI is WatchingThe FBI is asking ISPs to keep records of every website their customers visit and to keep the logs for two years. Most providers are not set up to record and keep the data but beyond that this appears to be a scary attempt by the FBI to monitor everyone's online activity. [story]
Mortgage Broker Fined $35,000

The FTC has fined Gregory Navone of Las Vegas, Nevada $35,000 for FACTA violations. Navone is the owner of two mortgage companies that threw client information in the dumpster without shredding it first. Sure make the cost of a shredding service seem tiny. [press release]
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