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Identity Theft

- Recommendations on how local and federal officials can improve police response in identity-theft cases are in a new report.

A Site To See

- It’s estimated that millions of Americans each year suffer identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has set up a Web site to help deter, detect, and defend against identity theft. The site contains a number of educational resources, including a 10-minute educational video that provides an overview of the problem, a PowerPoint presentation, and several PDF publications.  

Should Illegal Immigrants Be Able to Receive IDs?

- New York City is stirring up controversy with a new policy that allows illegal immigrants access to driver's licenses.

Quick Bytes:ID theft basics

- Do financial services firms have to encrypt customer data? Also, a computer on a stick, and a cybersecurity checklist for business managers.

Data security

- A bill (H.R. 4127) that would require that companies protect the personal information of customers has been approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, and the House Financial Services Committee. The bill has now been taken up by the full House. H.R. 4127 would require that any company that holds or transmits individuals’ personal information establish security to protect that information. The bill would also require that information brokers set up reasonable procedures to verify the accuracy of information they collect, assemble, or maintain. H.R. 4127 prohibits information brokers from obtaining or attempting to obtain personal information through false pretenses. The bill defines false pretenses as making false statements or representations or providing counterfeit, lost, stolen, or fraudulently obtained documents.

Identity Theft

- For a list of educational resources that can help deter identity theft, follow this link to the FTC Web site.

Quick Bytes: ID theft basics.

- Here are some recommended basic steps to better protect yourself from identity theft.(The first, from the U.K. telecom company BT, explains how criminals steal identities, what ISPs and other organizations are doing to help consumers, and what the future holds. The second, from the Liberty Alliance Project, shows how stolen identities are converted into money.)

Identity theft.

- Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has offered several proposals designed to combat identity theft in the state. The proposals are currently under review by state agencies. They will subsequently be introduced in the Minnesota Legislature.

United Kingdom's DNA Practices Criticized

- Police's ability to collect and retain biological information conflicts with democratic rights.

Identity Theft Can Be Fun

- The Federal Trade Commission now offers an amusing online quiz about the basics of identity theft, spyware, phishing, and other scams. It also teaches users how to obtain a free credit report, use sufficient passwords, report identity theft, and otherwise protect themselves from identity thieves. @ The site, onguard online, also provides links for sending information on scams and attacks to government authorities. get there via SM Online

Challenges Confront Federal Smart Card

- Federal agencies are gearing up to roll out new ID cards for employees and contractors as required by President Bush in 2004 under Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12).

ID Theft

- Are fears over identity theft exaggerated? An ID Analytics study says yes.

Is ID Theft Rare, or Merely Well Done?

- Four widely publicized data breaches resulted in the compromise of around half a million customer names and Social Security numbers. How many of those consumers became victims of identity theft? Almost none—0.098 percent, or less than one in 1,000.

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