OPW - Mar 23 - A recent article in the New York Times entitled "How Privacy Vanishes Online" explains how easy it is to identify a target and obtain his or her personal information after compiling certain snippets of detail about that person. According to the article, "Services like Facebook, Twitter and Flickr are oceans of personal minutiae — birthday greetings sent and received, school and work gossip, photos of family vacations, and movies watched."
The Maryland legislation might be making it even easier for an aspiring identity thief to obtain the identity of a Maryland resident under the regulations of the International Marriage Brokers Bill. Especially if a Marylander has had a brush with the law. Some of the records that Maryland residents would be forced to present, contain identifiable information about the individuals involved, such as their address, age, and date of birth. The intent of the bill will require this information to be turned over to foreigners before the Maryland resident can even communicate with them. Under the circumstances, the bill might open the doors for criminals to use fake profiles and accounts with dating companies, as a method of mining personal information from Maryland residents. The Bill in general could potentially put Maryland citizens at risk.