ID Theft is obviously becoming more common, however, we must take care to ensure the solution is not worse than the disease. As I pointed out in another posting, some protections can go too far or be a hindrance to investigating ID Theft itself.
Here is a well researched article on ID Theft protections possibly going a bit too far. In this case, the buyer of a new car was instructed to provide a thumb print to a private company (the car dealer) to complete the transaction:
Imagine you’ve gone through a multiple week process to purchase an automobile.
know the drill. Research every feature, pick your color, then, it’s
negotiations for purchase price and for trade-in. Everything is done
and agreed-upon, and excited, you are ready to hand over the check and
collect your new car.
You are handed a slip of paper and told to mark
your right thumbprint in a box. The paper says clearly that it’s a
request, for your protection, and to prevent your identity theft. [read the rest here]
Is this going too far to prevent ID Theft? How do we know what is or isn’t too far when we want to be protected?