Identity theft and other forms of fraud have been consistently growing from the years of 2000 to 2008 according to the Congressional Research Service. In 2010, 1.7 billion dollars were paid in fraud complaints according to the FTC. A recent Pew Research poll shows that eighteen to twenty-four year olds are the most vulnerable in part because of their participation in social media and their willingness to share information to a greater extent than older generations.
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A recent article in Technology Review[i] reported an app developer in Bulgaria is working on rewriting the Android OS so that it gives requesting apps false data. Unknown to many users, some apps require access to your personal contacts and location information before they will operate, despite having no apparent reason to access this data.