A Maine court has ruled that a victim of identity theft can force a cable ISP to release the name of an anonymous Internet poster. The anonymous person used the victim’s name to send e-mails designed to embarrass the victim. The court ruled that the state’s identity theft law trumped a 1984 statute prohibiting cable companies from releasing the names of subscribers. (Ronald Fitch v. John or Jane Doe #1, Maine Supreme Judicial Court, No. 2005 ME 39, 2005)
The Pennsylvania Justice Network, an online portal for law enforcement, was looking to upgrade its facial recognition software to search the millions of suspect images in its bookings database. They turned to two different technologies to upgrade their system.
A recent report jointly conducted by Experian and the Ponemon Institute surveyed consumers who were victims of data breaches. In the report, The Aftermath of a Mega Data Breach: Consumer Sentiment, 63 percent of consumers said they believe the company where the data breach occurred should be obligated to provide identity theft protection to affected parties, and 67 percent wanted compensation such as cash, products, or services.