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Mexico: INAI warns of AI-fueled identity theft and urges social media privacy

On December 30, 2023, the National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information, and Personal Data Protection (INAI) issued a press release warning about the growing risk of identity theft using artificial intelligence (AI) and urged citizens to configure privacy settings on social media.

In particular, the INAI announced that Mexico City saw a 218% increase in identity theft using AI in 2023, with 62% of cases linked to hacked social media information, 26% due to theft of cell phone information, and 2% to cloning bank cards or forging signatures. The INAI also mentioned that advances in AI and data misuse make it easier for cybercriminals to impersonate individuals through deepfakes and synthetic content, posing a significant threat to personal safety. Furthermore, the INAI encourages citizens to consult its 'Guide to Prevent Identity Theft' for tips on protecting personal data and reducing vulnerability to cybercrime.

You can read the press release here and the Guide here, both only available in Spanish.