Identity Theft & Privacy
Authored By: Washington State Attorney General
Technological advances have made data-gathering and information-sharing easier than ever before, but this is a double-edged sword for consumers and businesses. Access to personal information (including Social Security numbers, addresses, credit card numbers, and personal buying habits) allows businesses to target audiences and customize sales efforts. But it also permits unwelcome invasions of personal privacy through telemarketing calls, fraudulent sales pitches and other uses consumers never intended.