Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Identity Theft Risk Elevated by Jury Summons

Igot another jury summons. The last time I did this I ended up as the foreman and we sent a child rapist to jail. Hopefully this experience will go as well for all concerned. Speaking of concerned, do you have any idea how much information you put "out there" even off the internet?

My summons includes a data sheet I have to fill out. And, it isn't like I get to opt out. It has to be filled out and turned in when I report for selection. This means that someone I have never met will know my name, address, marital status, number of kids, age range of my kids, where I work, my number of years employed, my job title, my wife's name (and by default her address), her job title, long she has been employed and by whom. And, that isn't all. I just got tired of typing for a second.

If that isn't bad enough, they get this information whether I get selected or not. I sure hope I didn't cut the county clerk off in traffic. To be honest I don't know for a fact that it'll be typed into a database owned by the government before lunch. Of course, if I were a betting man...

I took the advice I usually give to others. My State Senator and Representative each received an email detailing my concerns about privacy and identity theft along with what I believe a workable fix to the problem is.

And just to demonstrate that this is not idle paranoia... Breach in Texas comptroller’s office exposes 3.5 million Social Security numbers, birth dates | Texas Regional News - News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News

Links to help minimise the chances you take. Minimizing Your Risk of Identity Theft, MINIMIZING IDENTITY THEFT - Wisconsin DOJ


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