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Identity theft: Minimizing risk for employees

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Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the U.S., and much of it revolves around the workplace. The federal government has taken a stand by passing the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act and the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act.

But employers must react similarly by erecting legal defenses, including safeguarding personnel files that contain such information as employees' Social Security numbers, as prescribed by many state statutes.

FAQs about identity theft

1. How can an employer protect employee records from the threat of identity theft?

Here are some steps you should take to secure employee records and minimize identity theft risk factors.

  • Conduct background checks. To prevent insiders from stealing information, it is important that all applicants for positions that have access to employee records be subject to criminal or civil background checks.
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Mark Badham February 9, 2012 at 2:52 am

None of this seems to mention that most data today is stored electronically (eg PCs, servers, printers – even tablets and smartphones), not just on paper. So it’s really important to properly erase confidential data from your electronic assets when you no longer need it – like when upgrading to new IT assets. You don’t want your old computers and staff smartphones being reused with your data still accessible on them. After all, your delete button won’t actually get rid of your data – people can still find it. That’s how many data breaches happen. And it CAN be avoided. A good website is http://www.dataerasure.com or check “data erasure” on Wikipedia. There’s also a free webinar on basic data erasure on 23 Feb (https://student.gototraining.com/r/6127765558366401280)
and 24 Feb (https://student.gototraining.com/r/1542200637680068608).

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Chad Gammage February 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm

You are partially right. Annualcreditreport.com is not sponsored by the 3 bureaus out of kindness instead they’re required to provide this. The 3 bureaus also don’t want you to know about the benefits afforded to every American consumer via the FCRA because when they’re utilized they have a negative impact on their revenue streams ie; selling your information to 3 parties and selling to consumers expensive credit related monthly services (because you won’t need them.)

If you read the FCRA you will find the benefits I already spelled out for you. If you visit idSafeUSA.com you will also see the slide-show is a legitamte tool to assist you in obtaining these (free) benefits from Experian. No registration or obligation and feel free to use every 90 days.

Try it before you deny it. And since you’re a smart guy you can probably navigate the process for the other bureaus on your own. And if you’re a real smart guy you will probably realize membership in idSafeUSA.com will save you a ton of time and is well worth the $19.95 annual (not monthly) fee. Membersihip covers the entire family and No Personal Information, Financial Information or Power of Attorney needed. Super Affordable, Easy enough for kids, 100% Safe and works everytime.

You should also know idSafeUSA.com is all the talk in law enforcement circles as the real solution to ID Crime. And we teach this to kids via the non profit I started – YIPPedu.org.

Try it for your self and if the slide-show is not helpfull I will eat my words but I don’t think that will be neccessary. Afterall kids get it.

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Steve Hastert February 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm

The official site sponsored by the three credit agencies is: https://www.annualcreditreport.com. Any other site is trying to sell you something.

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Chad Gammage February 8, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Or…
You can have your employees (every American) order Free ID Protection & ID Reports (credit report minus the score) from each credit/reporting burea every 90 days and not worry about ID Crime all together.

The FCRA (2003) gave these tools to every American for this reason. Free ID Protection renders your ID useless to anyone but you and works 100% of the time. When your ID is used in an application processa and credit report is pulled, you get a phone call (list your cell phone) to verify if its your application. If its not you the company/merchant is obligated to contact law enforcement to report a felony in progress.

The Free ID Reports (20 per year/each family member) allow you to monitor your ID for unauthorized activity and changes (ie: address)

A slide-show demonstration is avaialble for you to follow along with. In just a few minutes you will have Free ID Protection and a copy of your Free ID Report from Experian.

Visit http://www.idsafeusa.com to see for your self and for more helpful information. It’s Free, Easy, Safe and works perfectly.

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