tool is like a multiple choice quiz,” says Privacy Commissioner, Marie Shroff.
“Users can work through a series of questions on eleven different topics: for
instance how well they protect information in their wallet, their mailbox or on
The test takes just a few minutes and includes questions
- Do you leave your laptop in your car?
- Do you shred old mail with your name and details on?
- Do you keep your user names and passwords secret?
- Do you use a password on your mobile phone?
- Do you let bar or restaurant staff take away your credit
theft,” says Shroff. “They can then check out the simple tips on each topic to
help protect themselves better in the future.
“We’re delighted with the very positive feedback that we
have had about the online tool from businesses such as banks, and from agencies
such as the Police that deal with identity crime. We all know that identity
crime is a growing problem around the world, and that it can be very costly and
distressing. People need some easy ways to help protect themselves. It’s great
that the experts in identity crime think that what we have done is useful.”
The identity theft test was originally developed for the
Norwegian data protection commissioner who shared it with the Asia Pacific
Privacy Authorities (privacy commissioners from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong,
Korea and New Zealand). The Asia-Pacific commissioners then worked together to
adapt some of the questions for use in this region. The test is being released
today in countries around the Pacific as part of Asia Pacific Privacy Awareness
“International privacy commissioners are increasingly
pooling their resources and expertise to develop information like this to
assist the public,” says Shroff. “This excellent privacy tool is yet another
example of how smart and effective it is to work collaboratively with
To try out the identity theft self-test tool, go to
www.privacyawarenessweek.org and click on the ID theft link.