Is your smart TV watching you? Vizio, Inc., got a whopping $2.2 million fine by the FTC after they collected data on millions of their consumers. Of course, not a single one of the smart TV owners knew their personal information was collected. Some of the stolen data included something as simple and as typical as channel history but that’s not the worse part. Vizio managed to collect demographic information such as age, sex, income, marital status, and more from their smart TV shoppers.
How to look Up Social Media Accounts Have you ever gotten a friend request on Facebook(FB)… from yourself? When Bianca Bosker found out that someone had made a FB profile under her name using a picture retrieved from a google search, she reported it as fake. A few hours later, the fake Bianca was taken down. But only ten minutes after that, Bosker got another friend request, this time from a Bienca Bosker.
Medical Identity Theft on the Rise Wisconsin woman, Amira Avendano-Hernandez, sentenced to six months in prison for a liver transplant that saved her life but may have ruined someone else’s. She allegedly paid $1500 for a social security number in the black market belonging to a woman in Puerto Rico. Of course, the Puerto Rican woman had no clue she was a victim of medical identity theft until Avendano-Hernandez was caught.