WHAT IS PERSONAL INFORMATION?•Any factual or subjective information, whetherrecorded or not, about an identifiableindividual.• Information that can be used to uniquelyidentify, contact, or locate a single person orcan be used with other sources to uniquelyidentify a single individual.
EXAMPLE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION Personal Descriptors Name, age, place of birth, date of birth, gender, weight, height, eye color, hair color, fingerprint. Identification Numbers Health IDs, Social Insurance Numbers (SIN), Social Security Numbers (SSN), PIN numbers, debit and credit card numbers. Ethnicity Race, colour, national or ethnic origin. Health Physical or mental disabilities, family or individual health history, health records, blood type, DNA code, prescriptions.
EXAMPLE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION Financial Income, loan records, transactions, purchases and spending habits. Employment Employee files, employment history, evaluations, reference interviews, disciplinary actions. Life Character, general reputation, personal characteristics, social status, marital status, religion, political affiliations and beliefs, opinions, comments, intentions. Education Education history.
How to Prevent Identity Theft• Beware of Employment Schemes.Employment schemes have increased to the point that its hard, now, to know whats safe and whats not when people looking for employment online. Scams can be targeted at anyone looking for a job, and some of them are pretty sneaky.• Monitor Credit Regularly.The fastest way to find out if your identity has been stolen is to check the credit report. Often, identity thieves will hit people in pocketbook first, and sometimes their fraudulent activity will alert people that theres a problem.
Cont’• Guard Your Bank and Credit Accounts.Learn how to protect your vulnerable points bank and credit accounts of your identity to reduce your threat of being victimized by identity thieves.• Protect Your Virtual Identity.The Internet is increasing your risk for identity theft dramatically. If people dont keep their virtual identity safe online, then its almost guaranteed they will becom the victim of identity theft.
Cont’• Take care when creating passwords.Don’t use something like birth date, last name, and possible for someone to guess. Have a few different passwords for different sites, and change them regularly.• Only keep the essentials in your wallet or purse. One of the biggest mistakes people make is carrying more sensitive information than need in their wallet or purse than needed.
WHY PERSONAL INFORMATION IS IMPORTANT?• Our personal information is valuable, people should treat it as their would any other valuable item. With crimes such as identity theft, it is even more important to safeguard our personal information. Criminals can use our personal details to open bank accounts, apply for credit cards and get state benefits in our name.• If personal information is incorrect, inadequate or out of date, it could lead to people being unfairly refused jobs, housing, benefits, credit or a place at college.• Always think carefully before supplying personal information. Always ask why an organization is requesting it, as you may not need to supply it.
HOW TO MANAGE PERSONAL INFORMATION?• Store documents carrying any personal details in a safe place.• Shed or destroy all documents containing any personal details before throwing them away.• Check your bank and credit card statements carefully for unfamiliar transactions.• Be careful when using public computers to access your personal information. Remove personal details on screen and uncheck the ‘remember password’ box.
HOW TO MANAGE PERSONAL INFORMATION?• Check your credit file regularly for any suspicious applications.• Always think about who you are giving information to and why they would need it. Don’t be afraid to ask.• Protect your home computer with anti-virus, firewall and anti-spam software before going online.• When you move house, redirect all your mail and inform your bank, utilities companies and other organizations of your new address.
How to Correct Your Personal Information• If your personal data is inaccurate, you should write to the organization to tell them what you believe is wrong with your information and what should be done to correct it.• There is no particular form of words that you need to use, provided that you make clear the following:who you are and what personal information is wrong, and what should be done to correct it.• If you are sending a letter, you should consider sending it by recorded delivery. You can also email your letter if the organization can identify you and the personal information you are referring to from your email.