dentity theft refers to the stealing of information about a person that allows a second person to assume the identity of the first. Essentially this only requires knowledge of very limited information, including a social security number. While most Identity Theft still occurs through traditional means of scouring house hold waste materials, the threat of theft over the internet is a concern for e-commerce. It can occur as data is in transit (for a transaction) or data that is stored on a company's site, that is stolen, or from phishing activities. Theft can also occur via google hacking (i.e. documents that are available on the internet that should not be available, but are easily found via the search engines.) Identity theft is a major concern for privacy advocates.