Things here at IDology are operating at more than full speed this month that it wasn’t until I read Kim Cameron’s post yesterday that I realized I haven’t taken the time to blog this month, particularly on a very relevant topic for me—another data incident affecting 2.9 million of the estimated 9 million of my fellow Georgians.
In case you too have been preoccupied and missed the news, last week Georgia state officials announced that a CD containing names, SSNs, birth dates and addresses of people on Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids had been lost. The AJC reports that this is the
“biggest loss ever of personal information compiled by a state government.”
The article also reports
“there’s no evidence the information has been used for identity theft or other fraudulent purposes….”
Let’s hope that this is only a case of a misplaced carrier package, but it could take months or even years to know, unless of course, the CD turns up soon.
A real big concern if this isn’t a case of lost mail, is that kids don’t have credit reports so “monitoring your credit report” is moot for those victims. What many people also don’t realize is that it isn’t just your credit report you need to worry about if your personal, sensitive information falls into the wrong hands. There are other forms of identity theft that might not show up in your credit history but will in other data sources – like an illegal immigrant using your SSN to get a driver’s license or a job, or using bits and pieces of your information to set up some sort of synthetic identity.
Incidentally we discuss this very topic in our recent whitepaper and how being able to monitor data beyond credit reports presents a great market opportunity for some. Honestly, the only company I know of right now taking on this challenge is our partner Identity Rehab which helps monitor, detect and resolve identity theft from all sources, not just credit bureaus.
On Identity Rehab’s website it targets its services to those who
“…have recently been made aware of a breach of your personal information, lost your wallet, purse, identification, social security card, credit card, or any other crucial information…”
Probably worth checking into even if you haven’t been notified that your information has been compromised.