Guide to FOIP-Chapter 6

Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner. Guide to FOIP, Chapter 6, Protection of Privacy. Updated 27 February 2023. 8 the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), two of the three “key pieces of information” sought by the suspects to build a profile are name and date of birth.23 The RCMP has noted that the following are pieces of information identity thieves seek: • Full name • Date of birth • Social Insurance Number • Full address • Mother’s maiden name • Username and password for online services • Driver’s licence number • Personal identification numbers (PIN) • Credit card information (numbers, expiry dates and the last three digits printed on the signature panel) • Bank account numbers • Signature • Passport number24 Identity thieves use a variety of methods to obtain personal information: Low-tech methods include: • Searching through the garbage. • Stealing or re-directing postal mail. • Pretending to be someone else and requesting it, for example, telemarketing schemes. • Opportunistic theft: accessing personal information sent to the wrong fax number, email address or voice mailbox. High-tech methods include: • Searching the internet; “friending” you on social media. 23 Originated from former Saskatchewan Justice Minister, Frank Quennell’s news release, “Saskatchewan Supports Identity Theft Initiatives”, March 12, 2004. Cited in SK OIPC Investigation Report H-2007-001 at [41]. 24 SK OIPC Investigation Report H-2013-002 at [18]. Originated from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Identity Theft and Identity Fraud.