October 20, 2020 Feature

The Evolution of Identity Crime and Its Impacts

Eva Velasquez and Charity Lacey
It isn’t a question of “if” a business has been breached, but rather how many times.

It isn’t a question of “if” a business has been breached, but rather how many times.

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In today’s information ecosystems, identity goes beyond the simplistic factors of name, date of birth, and other baseline data points. There are as many data points to identify a person as there are ways to catalog identifying data. Thirteen years ago, we wouldn’t have considered biometrics—facial recognition, fingerprints, voice, etc.—a data point of personally identifiable information (PII). Today, it is as mainstream as artificial intelligence assistants such as Siri and Alexa. As a result, identity crime has evolved.

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