Identity theft is a serious problem in America, as more than 9 million Americans have their identities stolen every year. A major factor in this is the surplus of identifying data available on the internet, largely thanks to data brokers and people search sites sharing your information with anyone willing to spend money.
Some people may not know this, but most of the spam calls, texts, and emails you receive are caused by the sale of consumer information by data brokers. The people purchasing this data buy in bulk based on a target demographic, and although a lot of spam is relatively harmless, it is unarguably annoying to deal with.
With your personal data so readily available on the internet, stalkers have essentially all the information they need to harass you 24/7. with only your name, stalkers can use people search sites to get access to your address, phone number, and email address, and with slightly more effort they can easily find where you work or go to school.