07/15/2010 - The U.S. State Department issued about 4,500 passports during fiscal year 2008 to registered sex offenders, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The State Department says there is nothing it can do about it within the law.
02/26/2010 - Americans overestimate the risk that identity theft will occur online, a new survey reveals. The higher risk is still offline where 90 percent of identity theft occurs via methods such as mail theft.
12/23/2009 - A bill (H.R. 2221) that would set out requirements for ensuring that data security has been approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The full House of Representatives has not announced whether it will bring the bill to the floor for a vote.
10/28/2009 - A bill (S. 1261) that will repeal the REAL ID Act of 2005 and replace it with an alternative ID program has been approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The Senate has not announced whether it will consider the measure.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a person cannot be convicted under a federal statute forbidding aggravated identity theft unless the person knowingly misappropriated the identities of others.