The idea of cordially exchanging insurance and personal information with another driver when you're involved in an auto accident is common, but these days, some say doing so could be an issue.
The National Assocaition of Insurance Commissioners recently issued a warning to drivers to not give away too much of their information after getting into a car accident, according to a report from the Washington Post
. Some data that is commonly shared after these incidents, such as a driver's license number, can lead to identity theft
in some instances.
However, because many states have different requirements for what information must be exchanged, it's not always easy to keep track of what's necessary to share, the report said.
"Of course we urge consumers to follow their local laws," Scott Holeman, communications director of NAIC, told the newspaper. "This is one of the reasons NAIC recommends you always call the police in the event of an accident. They are your first, best resource on the nuances of state law, especially if someone is injured." Eduard Goodman
, chief privacy officer for Identity Theft 911, has a blog about the privacy concerns consumers face in their daily lives.
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