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As always David Lacey is ahead of the game. I agree wholeheartedly with his appraisal of the Forbes article on cybersecurity….

The rapid increase in identity fraud in Sweden is gaining some media attention (http://www.svd.se/opinion/brannpunkt/krafttag-kravs-mot-id-kapning_3767990.svd). However they are missing the point. The solution is not to purely simplify the ‘clean-up process, but to change the law. And changing the law is not purely about criminalizing the crime but to enforce an individual’s basic fundamental right to information privacy. You should have the right to remove your personal information from websites making money from it! For example I have tried removing my date of birth from http://www.birthdays.se (see previous posts) and request was refused. The problem I have with my date of birth being public is that:

1) it is my personal information, and;
2) it is the first 6 digits of my Swedish personal id (YYMMDD-xxxx).

The root of the problem is that although the Personal Data Law (PuL) is here to protect our personal information, in this context the PuL is impotent. The Swedish codification of the European Union Directive on Data Protection just does not work. The source of the problem is that the Personal Data Act (PuL) does not apply if its application is in contrary to the Fundamental Law on Freedom of Expression (1991).

So what this means is that the Fundamental Law on Freedom of Expression is being abused by companies making money from our identities. And I think that It is about time that this abuse is stopped!

Great discussion program on Sverigesradio P1 http://t.sr.se/1nn32KX running now (Plånboken). It discusses the breath of the problem, and how the Swedish police believe that there is no solution to protect us today.

Well quite a lot according to some sources. I found a Child Identity Theft Education Kit that you may find useful. I am looking around for more on this subject. I have not heard that there is so much of a problem here in the Nordics, but in the United States there seems to be quite significant, and is growing because a child’s identity is a ‘clean-slate’ and perfect target for identity fraud.

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Well the identity-thief collects the ID information of an unsuspecting person, previous articles on this blog give a background on how easy it is to steal a Swedish resident’s personal ID.

One way is that the identity thief then goes on line, and orders a fraudulent ID card and/or a fake passport.

Hence since the personal number, a vital specific identification number used in Sweden to identify an individual is correct but the photo on the ID card or passport is that of the identity thief, the identity thief can go on a shopping spree! Easiest is to buy electronic goods on credit with a small down payment (avbetalning). The real identity owner gets to foot the rest of the bill. It’s easy to find your address online in hitta.se. A shop assistant would feel that the details are correct and process the transaction.

So if you thought identity theft was purely about fraudulent use of your credit card, for which normally the bank foots the bill… then you could have an unpleasant surprise in store…

An interesting article on the fruitless efforts to control money laundering and how identity control could be the answer.

2518864-8236474736-tombsIt’s all about CONTROL….

You CONTROL your identity
Organisations CONTROL their identity
Countries CONTROL their identity

This is the future of ‘identity management’ or ‘IDM’ or ‘IAM’. Scalability comes from bottom-up, not top-down. You CONTROL what is yours, your identity. Nothing else will work in this highly connected, growing and verbose world that we are all a part of today. That is if we, the identity owners are at all interested in owning and controlling what is fundamentally ours, our identity and our digital footprint.

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