Privacy in the 21st Century
20 May, 2013
I. Introduction: In today’s world with the identity theft and fraudulent accounts being created on a daily basis, a person might ask there self if privacy in the 21st century might be possible. People put their privacy in jeopardy without ...view middle of the document...
Identity theft is a serious crime that can wreak havoc on your finances, your credit history and reputation. Criminals will go to drastic measures to steal someone’s identity such as dumpster diving, phishing and ATM skimmers.
Dumpster diving is a practice that criminals use, where they filter through commercial and residential garbage to find information that is considered useful to their motives. In the Supreme Court case California vs Greenwood (1988) the Supreme Court held that there is no common law expectation of privacy for discarded materials so criminals choose to use dumpster diving as the quickest way to retrieve personal information from an individual (www.law.cornell.edu).
Another way that criminals try to prey on an innocent victims is by phishing. Phishing is when a criminal uses electronic communications to portray as a trustworthy entity, the information they are trying to acquire is usernames, passwords, credit card information or any other personally identifiable information. Spear phishing can also trick you into downloading
malicious code or malware after you click on a link embedded in an email. Malware can hijack your computer and can be organized into enormous networks called botnets that...