Tag: social security number

Digital gifts for my digital birthday

Kim Cameron says that just because a website doesn’t blatantly ask for your social security number doesn’t mean they can’t figure out precisely who you are. Intriguing to say the least.

I have a “fake birthday” too, but I can wait for the e-cards.

UPDATE: More on privacy, and your personal “clickstream”, from Alex Iskold.

Bringing new meaning to identity theft

When you hear about identity theft, you usually think “that happens every day – I’ll just get a new credit card number.” Bruce Schneier has already shed light on that – most stolen identities are never used. That’s good.

But, I’ll bet you never thought of it as “Holy shit! Eighty people are using my social security number.” In fact, I know you haven’t. I wonder what Bruce would have to say there.

Maybe being “on the grid” is not such a bad thing after all.

Georgetown University late to the punch

Educational institutions have a sordid history here at Spamroll. But since you are now numb to the news of system break-ins at such places, I won’t harp on it. Nevertheless, I must ask the question – why did Georgetown University wait three weeks to start notifying potential victims after an attack exposed 41,000 names, birthdates, and Social Security Numbers?

Notification is where legislation is needed.

Can you believe I actually said “legislation is needed? Neither can I.