Is this a security risk? Sending your identification or drivers license photocopy to companies? Personally, I think it is okay, and a necessary part of getting a job. But, does it bother you?
We live in a world where bank accounts get broken into, credit card numbers stolen, and a lot more identity theft. It is scary to give your information to anyone these days. However, the critical information is more your mother’s maiden name, social security number and other personal information. Your Drivers License has more public information. But, on the other hand, your birthdate is used for security information and access as well.
I have personally been a victim of identity theft many times. Once was horrible involving my bank account which was connected to Paypal. I had to create new accounts and negotiate with Paypal. We got the money back, but $9000 is a lot. This is why I don’t recommend online banking if you have more than a few thousand in an account. The reps always say, “Oh, but this is for your convenience.” How convenient is it if you have heart attack because someone stole $20,000 from you leaving you penniless. Do the reps ever think of that or are they complete self-centered idiots? Then, my credit cards get routinely compromised. Every 18 months it happens. When I get that call from the credit card company I say, “Don’t tell me, I already know…” I stopped using my cards at gas station pumps as a result as that is the easier place for them to get compromised.
So, be careful with your personal information. But, an ID card copy doesn’t seem to risky to me. What do you think?
You might also like:
Augmenting your skill set to make more money as an NSA
I signed up with 200 companies only to work once or twice