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Identity Theft

- A new law (formerly H.B. 6191) in Rhode Island will require that any business that owns or licenses computerized, unencrypted information on customers implement and maintain reasonable security measures to protect information.

Identity Theft

- A bill (S. 1789) introduced by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) and designed to thwart identity theft has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate has agreed to consider the measure.

Consumer Demand

- Unisys research shows that consumers are willing to pay additional fees for banking options that are more secure.

Quick Bytes: Consumers demand security

- There is a growing business case for greater security: A survey of more than 8,000 individuals revealed that consumers are concerned enough about identity fraud that they are willing to pay more for security or change banks.

Identity theft

- Several bills that address identity theft are pending in the Senate. One bill (S. 1326), introduced by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), would require any person or agency that stores or controls sensitive personal information to protect that data from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure. Another identity theft bill (S. 1408) is also pending in the Senate. S. 1408, which would set national standards requiring businesses to report data security breaches to customers, has been approved by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. To advance, it must be taken up by the full Senate. A third bill (S. 1789), introduced by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), would enhance penalties for those who use computers to commit identity theft crimes. It would also provide law enforcement officials with more money to investigate and prosecute identity theft.

Johnny May’s Guide to Preventing Identity Theft

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Breach of Faith, Loss of Dollars

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RFID Tags for Animals

- The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service "is reviewing several proposals for the production and delivery of 1.5 million radio frequency ear tags that are compliant with the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) standards. "These ear tags will be used to uniquely identify U.S. livestock that are part of current animal disease programs, in particular within geographic regions where bovine tuberculosis testing and the brucellosis calfhood vaccination program are most active."

Fingerprint Advances Could Aid Investigators

- The latest in fingerprinting technologies.

Vermont & DHS to Develop Enhanced Driver's License

- The Department of Homeland Security will partner with the state of Vermont to develop a driver's license that will negate the need of Vermonters to show passports during border crossings to and from Canada.

Quick Bytes: ID Theft Rising

- About 15 million Americans fell victim to some form of identity theft in the 12 months ending in mid-2006, an increase of more than 50 percent since 2003. For the rest of the Garner survey, click here.

Identity Theft Task Force

- Reaction to the President's Task Force on Identity Theft.

Identity Theft

- The recommendations are in from the President's Task Force on Identity Theft: the strategic plan advises four broad policy changes including that federal agencies reduce the unnecessary use of Social Security numbers.
 




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