Concerns raised over caller ID un-blocker
Some unsuspecting callers expecting their privacy to be protected and personal identifying information to be blocked will be surprised to hear about a new service than unblocks the data. TrapCall.com has launched a service that lets some AT&T or T-Mobile USA users see caller’s private personal identifying information even if it is blocked, reports the Associated Press. The service, intended to help people receiving harassing messages and multiple calls, has provoked concern from victim’s privacy rights advocates, says the news source.
According to the victim assistance coordinator at the Warsaw, Indiana police department, victims of abuse may be adversely impacted by this service as they typically try to keep contact details private and personal identifying information anonymous when reaching out to abusers, says the article.
Becky Moreno is quoted as saying in the piece, “This program doesn’t distinguish between those who really need to stay anonymous and those [who] just do it for other reasons.”
While basic services from TrapCall.com are free, more advanced services will incur a charge. Keeping personal identifying information private is an ongoing battle. Consumers have long been urged to protect their identity when surfing or purchasing online, but identity fraud schemes involving telephone calls and now text messages are becoming increasingly more common.
Medical services are potential booty for ID thieves
In addition to tainting your credit report, identity theft may also give hackers the means to access your private personal medical records and other identifying information to receive services and products on your dime. According to a new article in the Dallas Morning News, a growing number of medical identity theft victims say that medical services were obtained after they experienced a breach of privacy and personal identifying information.
Like experts who advise close review of your credit report, many also say it is important to check carefully the statement of benefits sent by your insurance provider for evidence of medical identity theft.
Keep an eye on your health insurance card as if it were a credit card, says the news source.
The Dallas Morning News reminds people that medical information – which includes your personal details – is often viewed or used by a variety of hospital personnel including doctors, nurses, lab technicians, and administrative employees. Patients’ personal identifying information and medical health records are more susceptible to identity theft breach than some may think, according to a new Dartmouth College study.
SCMagazineUS.com recently reported on the study’s findings which show that healthcare organizations storing data in unencrypted formats like Word documents and PDFs is one reason data may be compromised.