Identity Diet is a registered program and published book which offers consumers a unique and effective solution for identity theft. The program:
- Introduces identity obesity as a major root cause of identity theft,
- Proposes the Identity KAOS framework with 8 identity protection principles, and
- Offers practical solutions which can be applied to reduce identity theft risks.
To address the rising identity theft risks and identity obesity which is caused by excessive collection, retention and sharing of personal information as well as lack of adequate identity protection practices, we must realize that our unique individual actions (or inaction) expose us to identity theft risks which must be addressed with a customized identity protection plan. Identity Diet educates individuals to develop their unique identity theft protection plans in three steps:
First, specific information about each person must be collected with a self-discovery questionnaire. Each identity consists of various exploitable identity components or personal information which if mismanaged can lead to identity theft.
Next, the collected information must be analyzed to identify each person’s unique identity theft risks.
Lastly, practical solutions must be identified to create the Identity Diet plan and reduce a person’s identity theft risks. The plan must provide specific and actionable steps to prevent identity theft and detect identity fraud. The final solutions must always take into consideration the latest laws pertaining to consumer privacy rights, new threats, and available third party services and products such as automated monitoring which may seem confusing and overlapping at times.
“We need to apply best identity management practices in our daily habits when managing personal information and take advantage of automated and integrated market solutions in order to prevent identity theft and detect identity fraud as much as possible and on a timely basis.” (Henry Bagdasarian)