You may not see the risk of sharing an Instagram or Twitter TWTR, + 4.09% selfie, vaccination card in hand, celebrating your vaccination against the new coronavirus. But identity theft experts and consumer advocates advise thinking twice before posting that information online. “Every time you post personal information about yourself, you increase your risk,” Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center, told MarketWatch. “It‘s not just about what’s on that card; it‘s about what else is about you, and with the state of data breaches in this country, you can be sure there is information about you. “
“A bad actor could attack you with a phone or email scam that takes advantage of that small amount of information to gain your trust. ”
Or, Kerskie suggested, a bad actor could reach out claiming that the organization that administered your vaccine had a database breach and now wants to offer you free ID monitoring services, and send you a link to enter sensitive information. “This is a bit of an exaggeration, but in the world we are in today, nothing surprises me anymore,” he said. Legitimate organizations are always trying to find creative ways to validate an identity, Kerskie added, and information about when or where you received your COVID-19 vaccine could eventually become part of an identity verification question. “There are a lot of different things that could be done with it, so again why give the bad guys more ammo than they need?” she said. With multiple versions of a so-called vaccine passport now in the works, and the recent launch of New York State’s Excelsior Pass digital platform, Velasquez also urged against using vaccine passport apps or platforms whose legitimacy cannot be verified. Wait until there is more information on the legitimate landscape of vaccine passports, he said, as this is currently a “moving target” that is ripe for fraud. Scammers are selling fake vaccination cards A late January news release from the Better Business Bureau warned that sharing vaccination card photos could provide scammers with the information they need to create and sell counterfeits. “Scammers in Britain were caught selling fake vaccination cards on eBay, EBAY, + 1.67% and TikTok,” the Office said. “It is only a matter of time before similar cons hit the United States and Canada.” According to Velásquez, “that cat is out of the bag.” “We are already seeing counterfeit vaccination cards for sale on the dark web,” he said. A recent analysis by the cybersecurity company Check Point Software Technologies found examples of vaccination certificates “that are manufactured, created and printed to order, ready to be used to allow people to board airplanes, cross borders or for any relevant activity that requires have a person give proof that they have been vaccinated. ”In a screenshot published in the report, a person was selling a fake CDC vaccination card for $ 150 and said they would accept bitcoin BTCUSD, + 0.14% as payment. Accountability Act (HIPAA), the federal health care privacy law? Nicolas Terry, executive director of the Hall Center for Law and Health at Indiana University, told MarketWatch that “there is not much legal angle” related to people who post their own immunization cards online HIPAA protects protected health information, including immunization records, from disclosure by third parties. e from a covered entity, such as a doctor or hospital, Terry explained, but in this case, the disclosure is made by the patient, not the covered entity. “What it does illustrate is the well-known limitation of HIPAA in the sense that it does not apply to health information circulating in, [for example], social networks, ”he said. Still, Terry advised against publishing vaccination cards due to the “surprising amount of information” that could aid in an identity theft attempt, not to mention “the lack of sensitivity it shows regarding those who are not yet vaccinated.” While eligibility across the country is expanding, supply remains limited. “People don’t stop to think about what they’re doing,” Kerskie said. “‘Oh, I just want to share this with my friends.’ You’re not, you’re sharing it with everyone. “Don’t Miss: Don’t Laminate Your COVID Vaccination Card Before Doing These 5 Things. Also Read: Am I An Idiot For Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine If I Feel Healthy And I work from home?