September 12, 2003

What's in your e-Wallet?

I was reading this quick metric on CIO.com on the rapid climb of Identity Theft complaints filed with the FTC clearinghouse.

Then I recalled my recent experience. I discovered some personal information in one of my legal directory listings and had it removed ASAP. I don't want to go into too much detail here, as I don't want to create a roadmap for identity thieves. Suffice it to say, it was detailed enough to cause me concern. I called the publisher, who confirmed they had been receiving many calls from attorneys requesting the same.

I simply just hadn't looked at my listing in ages, and that info was added at least 5 years ago, when I joined my firm, and before Identity Theft was as rampant as it is now. It was a standard field on the profile form, and I dutifully filled it out at the time. Well, times have changed.

While I had it removed, there are many more listings with such information, which should be a concern to those individuals. Hopefully, this will raise some awareness within the legal community. Of course, this is only one of many sources of information. Sites like Anybirthday.com have been around for quite some time (although you should remove that data as well), and that's just the tip of a very large iceberg.

But at least I can help my little corner of it.

Topic(s):   Privacy & Security
Posted by Jeff Beard
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