Identity Angel

Protecting Job Seekers from Identity Theft

by Latanya Sweeney


In search of a job after graduating from college, Meg Kemp posts her resume online. Norton Steubenm a retired law professor, hasn't looked for employment in more than 35 years and rarely uses the Internet, yet his law school maintains his curriculum vita online. Although such activity might seem innocuous, information in both these online resumes initially put Meg and Norton in danger of becoming identity-theft victims. Fortuantely, they received some unexpected protection in the form of a computer program called Identity Angel, which this article describes in more detail.

Keywords: Social Security numbers, homeland security, identity theft, law-enforcement, personal documents, credentials, financial fraud, entity resolution, identity matching, personal identification

Sweeney, L. Protecting Job Seekers from Identity Theft. IEEE Internet Computing 10 (2) March 2006. (PDF).
Earlier version available as A Guardian Angel Protects You From Identity Theft. Carnegie Mellon University, LIDAP Working Paper 16. Pittsburgh: January 2006.

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