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Re: “Early voting begins today. Bring ID.

AT readers...forgive me for going on...if an unsavory one were to stand in a voting line with a smart phone on video record (while pretending to listen in on a fake conversation and occasionally replying in a "Yak-Yak" fashion) such an individual could potentially steal enough addresses and birth dates to ruin dozens of lives.

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Posted by theBMC1 on 05/08/2018 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Early voting begins today. Bring ID.

One more source (I'm starting to sound like Columbo) from Tyler Cohen Wood, cyber branch chief at the Defense Intelligence Agency. "Identity thieves: All they need is birthday, name, address," Greg Corombos, WMD, 16 Jul 2014; http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/identity-thieve…

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Posted by theBMC1 on 05/08/2018 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Early voting begins today. Bring ID.

Razorblade,
One more source that you and I are both familiar with;

Birth Date With your name, address and birth date in hand, scammers may be able to buy your Social Security number on websites that normally sell them to businesses conducting background checks. If they can't, just by knowing your birth date and hometown, scammers can often guess most, if not all, the digits of your Social Security number. Some businesses do need your birth date to verify your identity health care providers and credit card companies, for instance but most others do not. So think twice before providing it to merchants who might be vulnerable to a data breach by hackers. Forgo the birthday freebies that some businesses offer. And never post your birth date on social media sites or on any other public websites.
AARP article "ID Thieves Love These Everyday Numbers," Money, Consumer Protection, Sid Kirchheimer, AARP Bulletin, https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/inf…

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Posted by theBMC1 on 05/08/2018 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Early voting begins today. Bring ID.

Razorblade,

Some more reasons for concern about freely dispensing personal information in public.
"...Date and Place of Birth..." Like your social security number, your date of birth is used in a variety of ways to confirm your identity. Its often used as a secondary confirmation measure by online accounts if you need to reset your password, and its on most official forms that youll fill out, from governmental paperwork to financial accounts..." https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-10-piece…

Stu, please understand me...I am not fighting against releasing this information to an authorized individual...I am against freely letting those around me become privy to this vulnerable information when it can be quietly ascertained by writing it down on a slip of paper and then pocketing it to be shredded at home.

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Posted by theBMC1 on 05/08/2018 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Early voting begins today. Bring ID.

Razorblade,

Here is what is driving me on this crusade;
"...A birthdate, along with a name and hometown can be used in a formula to recreate your Social Security information, says Sileo. "And, those are three defaults on Facebook...." https://abcnews.go.com/Business/identity-t…
and
"...It might sound like an urban legend designed to scare you, but still you have to ask the question: Can my identity be stolen with only my name and address? The short answer is no, says Eva Casey Velasquez, president/CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center. However, your name and address could be used as a gateway to steal your identity.... https://www.lifelock.com/education/can-you…

and on a recent PBS episode (NovaNext) this personal information was fodder to be used in phone scams. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/tech/sci…

I am not trying to be contrary...I am pointing out the same lack of safeguards they drilled into me (and you as well) about security in the military.

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Posted by theBMC1 on 05/08/2018 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Early voting begins today. Bring ID.

Razorblade,

Any reason that one cannot "state" this information by writing it, in the presence of the poll worker, and handing it to them?

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Posted by theBMC1 on 05/08/2018 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Early voting begins today. Bring ID.

Sound Policy

IMHO, writing the information down on a slip and handing it to the poll workers satisfies the law. If "stating" requires verbal reply, then such an act would eliminate the mute. If a poll worker wishes to verify a written eligibility, they can ask the poll workers if it matched with the voter...there is no need to verbally, out loud, state half of the information needed to steal one's identify.

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Posted by theBMC1 on 05/08/2018 at 9:46 AM

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