Your personal information is valuable, so you should treat it as you would any other valuable item. With crimes such as identity theft, it is even more important to safeguard your personal information. Criminals can use your personal details to open bank accounts, apply for credit cards and get state benefits in your name.
Every day, you will give out your personal information in some way or another. Although most of the personal information stored about you will provide benefits such as better medical care and financial reassurance, it can cause problems. If personal information is incorrect, inadequate or out of date, it could lead to people being unfairly refused jobs, housing, benefits, credit or a place at college.
With this in mind, you should always think carefully before supplying your personal information. Always ask why an organisation is requesting it, as you may not need to supply it.