Emerald Business Systems Blog

The Fallacy of Identity Theft

Posted in Online Business,PCI,POS,Retail,Security by ebs4pos on December 16, 2009

I hate the term “identity theft.”

As far as I know, no one can steal my identity. Even if my bank account number, my credit card number and all my passwords are stolen, I am fairly confident that I will still be me and the thief will be a different person.

Yes, the criminal will be masquerading as me. But anyone who knows me – my husband, my children, my colleagues, my doorman, my employer – will not be fooled. If “I” was actually stolen, I believe that would be called a kidnapping.

The entities that would be fooled by a masquerader are ones that don’t really know me: my bank, my credit card company, places where I do online or offline shopping. Maybe they should have done a better job figuring out who I was before parting with my money or their goods.

via The Fallacy of Identity Theft – WSJ.com.


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