Yes I know, I'm here again complaining about the Swedish law protecting personal information that has no teeth! Now it seems that there is another loophole in the law following a new ruling that enables foreign companies to extract and use PII of Swedish residents/citizens, any persons associated with a Swedish ID#. Read more in this article which … Continue reading Foreign companies can bypass Swedish Personal Data Act (PUL)
64 thousand Swedish identities were hijacked in 2013. Population of Sweden is today around 9,5 million. This means that the crime of identity fraud impacted around 0,8 percent of the Swedish population. "So what, that's nothing?" You are thinking.... Nevertheless this is almost 1 in a 100 of Swedish residents who have been a victim … Continue reading Where is your id…..your Swedish identity?
I am amazed at how little publicity there was on Daniel Eks, founder of Spotify that had his identity stolen. The identity fraudster purchased goods of nearly 1 million kronor in his name and has now been indicted to 2 years in prison. A small price to pay for 1 million kronor don't you think? … Continue reading Kapade Spotify-grundarens identitet
The Swedish press is now starting to discuss the problems with the law that gives easy access to the id numbers of Swedish residents. There is documented the background concerning this problem here.
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 … Continue reading Krafttag krävs mot id-kapning I Sverige
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 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 … Continue reading So how does one use a stolen identity in Sweden?
Now UC is talking about identity hijacking in Sweden. And they talk about the problem with exposure of the personal id that constitutes the first 6 digits of your personal id number! Listen to Swedish media here. I've been making a lot of noise about this lately. Check here for more, and filter on TRACE … Continue reading Identity Hijacking in SWEDEN increased by 50% says UC!
For those of you that want a quick summary of how the Swedish ID number is created... here we go.. 1. The personal identity number consists of 10 digits and a hyphen. 2. The first six correspond to the person's birthday, in YYMMDD form. 3. They are followed by a hyphen. 4. The seventh through … Continue reading An idiots guide on how Swedish ID is created
Do you want to understand how your Swedish identity number is created... or maybe not, it is explained here. If you know how it is calculated after the first 6 digits which is your date of birth, then it must be pretty easy for others to work this out? Although I did get from a … Continue reading How is your Swedish ID created?