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Identity theft occurs when someone uses an individual's personal information — such as Social Security number, birth date, or credit card and bank account information — to impersonate the victim in financial transactions. During the 2003 calendar year, the Federal Trade Commission received nearly 215,000 reports of identity theft, up from 162,000 the previous year. Identity theft represented 42 percent of all complaints received by the FTC, reflecting a growing trend.
Several recent incidents have highlighted the susceptibility of college and university data collections to theft. At the University of Texas, New York University, and elsewhere, security flaws have revealed students' Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information. Federal legislation signed in December made it easier for victims of identity theft to report crimes and for consumers to get copies of their credit histories; many states have passed or are debating legislation related to this issue.
EDUCAUSE has identified links concerning identity theft that may be useful to the higher education community. Many of these links have been contributed by EDUCAUSE members. If you have additional resources you would like to include on this page, send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal Government Resources
Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) of 2003
FACTA renewed the Fair Credit Reporting Act with additional provisions aimed at protecting consumers from identity theft. The law provides for individuals to get free annual copies of their credit histories; requires businesses to hide Social Security numbers and portions of credit card numbers on receipts; and creates a national fraud - detection system so victims of identity theft do not have to notify each credit bureau separately.
The Federal Trade Commission's National Resource for ID Theft
The FTC has developed this site as a national resource for identity theft. It provides a list of steps to take for individuals who believe that their identity has been stolen. Resources include an identity theft survey, affidavit, statistics, and other helpful links. Information is in English and Spanish.
Identity Theft and Your Social Security Number
Social Security Administration (SSA) publication No. 05-10064, from February 2004.
OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Inspector General - Resource on Identity Theft for Students
Copies of informational handouts on identity theft designed for schools to provide to students.
State Government Resources
National Conference of State Legislatures
Identity theft statutes by state. List of citations, titles, and penalties.
Florida Attorney General
The state of Florida's Identity Theft Response Center. Resources include a theft victim kit, statistics, and informaton on preventing theft.
Association and Nongovernmental Organization Resources
Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC)
ITRC is a national organization dedicated to helping people to prevent and recover from identity theft. Resources include FAQs, scams and consumer alerts, current laws, and guides for organizing an identity theft case.
Identity Theft University - Business Partnership Michigan State University
The partnership includes MSU researchers who are working with industry to make personal data more secure. This site includes information on technological, legal, psychological, and policy issues related to identity theft.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Fact sheets on identity theft, in English and Spanish.
University Resources on Identity Theft and Data Security Incidents
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Identity Theft
- Several Ways to Understand Digital Privacy
April 21, 2011
Data privacy is frequently a confusing subject. This talk will explain why: Privacy comprises many different rights and protections that may apply in many different circumstances. It's fre…
- The Use of Social Security Numbers in California Colleges and Universities
July 1, 2010
The author's stated intention was "to minimize both the collection and storage of [the SSN] at colleges and universities, given the odds of it being released to unauthorized viewers, b…
- Cyberspace: A Matter of National Security - Sponsored by Trustwave
April 13, 2010
A session at the Security 2010
Cyberspace began as the domain of technologists and engineers, with a focus on building circuits, switches, computers, and software that could reliably sustain a new global form of communication. I…
- ITRC Breach Report 2009 Final
January 13, 2010
ITRC collects information about data breaches made public via reliable media and notification lists from various governmental agencies. There are breaches that occurred in 2009 that never made pu…
- Soft-Selling Tough Issues
April 22, 2009
A session at the Security 2009
Louisiana State University's IT communications and security officers join forces to effectively educate campus populations about IT security threats, IT policies, and best practices. …
- Beating a Dead (Trojan) Horse: Finding New Ways to Communicate the Same Security Message
February 24, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE Southwest Regional Conference 2009
Communicating with institutional customers about safeguarding their private and personal information, preventing digital copyright infringement, and increasing their awareness of a hostile Ethernet…
- Sample Identity Theft Prevention Program
November 18, 2008
This is a sample template for a university Identity Theft Prevention Program. This is a sample template for a university Identity Theft Preventio…
- Computer Security Student Video
October 30, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference
The largest group of victims of identity theft is between the ages of 18 and 29. Students need to understand the risks and how to protect their personal information, computer, and campus networks. …
- Information Security Governance: Standardizing the Practice of Information Security
August 19, 2008
This ECAR research bulletin discusses the trend to use a variety of risk assessment frameworks and standards to create an information security program that is sufficiently comprehensive for colle…
- Tune In April 21: Privacy Attacks and Defenses
April 14, 2011
Our online privacy seems to be under assault from all sides: by commercial organizations, by the government, by search engines and ISPs, and even by our cell phones—not to mention by criminals.…