Friday, April 30, 2010

Your Birth Date is Prime Material for ID Theft

So you think that letting the world know your birth date is not an issue? Try telling that to ID thieves around the world who depend on using your birthday as the trifecta of information to assume your identity. The trifecta includes your social security number, name and date of birth. That is all that is needed to make your life a living hell of identity destruction.

To find out just how public your date of birth is use the following website . Type in your name or someone you know. Many US born citizens are now listed publicly. The WHOIS database lists the registrant and administrator of the website as:
Greencove Services Ltd.
PO Box 146Road
Tortola NA VG
Phone: +507.5072021221

An offshore firm is maintaining a list of potentially millions of birth records. The next question is how did they ascertain this information? Is it legal? Many states and counties now have strict requirements against anyone except the person named on the birth certificate to obtain the information.

I would strongly suggest that everyone reading this tell their friends and family and start making online complaints about this to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). You may make an online complaint to the following link: .

With millions of people subjected to their information leaking through data breaches each year just in the US alone, don't be a victim to another method of ID thieves gaining access to your personal information. Write your Members of Congress and State Legislature to pass tough privacy laws. There is a reason the European Union and various countries do not suffer the mass amount of data breaches; they have tough laws.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Legal Syping Via Mobile Phone - Who's listening to your voicemail?

Private parties legally gather all caller ID data in a given region, find your name, access your voicemail, texts, conversations ad in-person meetings, all through your phone.

The Chief Information Officer of the Consular Chamber or Commerce refuses to carry a mobile phone. Heres' why:

Legal spying via the cell phone system | InSecurity Complex - CNET News

Friday, April 16, 2010

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner...

Defcon Las Vegas Hacker Conference Chooses Private Homes over Hotel Rooms « Chez Paulina
Look who's coming to the neighborhood! Shut off your wireless, they hackers are back in town soon. Many Las Vegans have grown accustomed to the antics of the annual hacker convention when the cyphers invade and want to show the weakness in every computer system they can.

Residents complain about being hacked when accessing public internet connections, or having their phones hacked via open bluetooth connections. With that in mind, some are concerned about them staying in neighborhoods full of wireless routers.

Protection can be had, however, for a price. The Consular Chamber of Commerce Consultancy offers IAPP-certified expertise to keep things running smoothly. Yes, you may be hiring some of the participants in the conference itself, but if you can't beat 'em...

How much do you trust that bouncer?

Australian nightclubs feel they are leading the way in scanning and retaining ID's, and even biometric data, of patrons.

No, it isn't a joke.

The more sophisticated will of course throw their heads back and laugh before walking down the street to a club with a clue. Giving a nightclub operator carte blanche to steal the patron's ID, or to lose it to a thieving employee with virtually no consequence, is not smart.

Privacy concerns as clubs roll out ID scanning - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

"Nightclub operators, and private business in general, are not qualified to hold your ID. Show it to them, but never hand it to them. Refuse, deny, walk out. If you operate such an establishment, understand the liability of allowing your employees to demand this info. One cell phone photo of an ID, and it's over for you." - Jonathan Warren

Monday, April 5, 2010

UN Preparing International Privacy Treaty

A business seeking to outsource an operation in the United States may find it does not violate privacy law by contracting with a firm in a jurisdiction completely outside the laws of the US. A german firm may find that it is breaking the law by contracting with a service provider in the US or India, when transferring personally identifiable information is necessary.

These and other situations are leading the United Nations to act further on best practices regarding international privacy, which it published in November. A United Nations Privacy Treaty could be just around the corner.

UN treaty on privacy possible - technology |