NBC’s Bob Sullivan reported on a rising trend of identity thieves targeting children. Why? Well, having no real credit history, most children’s credit is clean and good. Also, children, particularly younger children, are not going to be needing or looking at their credit for some time. These factors make children more attractive targets of identity theft.
Mr. Sullivan’s colleague Jeff Rossen and the "TODAY" show dig into this issue and provide some valuable information for parents about the problem and how to safeguard their children.
Businesses need to be in tune to this as well. All of the country’s data breach notification laws (46 states, plus other jurisdictions), as well as the laws requiring safeguards for personal information apply to “individuals,” not adults or persons over a certain age.
Some companies may believe they do not have personal information about children, but most companies do. For example, companies sponsoring medical, dental or vision coverage for employees, or health and dependent care flexible spending accounts maintain (or require vendors to maintain) personal information about children of covered employees. This kind of information also could be contained in retirement or life insurance plan beneficiary designation records, as well as records supporting leaves of absence and other matters.