Part of the job of Margrethe Vestager (Radikale), the interior and economy minister, is to assure the safety and integrity of the social security (CPR) numbers of the country’s residents. But over the weekend, she was given a scary lesson on just how easy it is to obtain a CPR number illegally. In less than two minutes, a reporter for TV2 News went online, and by searching Vestager’s name and birthday, was able to obtain the last four digits of the economy minister’s CPR number. That information could leave an unsuspecting victim vulnerable to identity theft or other abuse.
“I feel just like anyone would when information that I thought was personal winds up in someone else's hands,” a shocked Vestager told TV2.