FTC Testifies on Efforts to Combat Identity Theft

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on June 17, 2009

“The Federal Trade Commission today described its comprehensive efforts to combat identity theft before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The FTC also recommended legislative remedies to enhance the effectiveness of these efforts. The testimony presented by Betsy Broder, Assistant Director of the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, highlighted the agency’s leadership role in developing a national strategy to combat identity theft as part of the President’s Identity Theft Task Force. The Task Force issued 31 recommendations that promoted an enhanced data security culture in the public and private sectors, launched victim assistance initiatives, and improved law enforcement’s ability to pursue and punish identity thieves.”

  • See also: EPIC Urges Comprehensive Strategy for ID Theft – “With ID theft rapidly increasing in the United States, EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg today urged a Congressional Committee to address the root causes of the problem. In testimony before the House Oversight Committee, Mr. Rotenberg said that the government typically acts only after the crime has occurred and warned that the problem will get worse if current trends continue. EPIC recommended a comprehensive strategy for ID Theft that would include: (1) Establishing privacy safeguards for web 2.0 services; (2) Ensuring privacy protections for outsourcing; (3) Enacting comprehensive privacy legislation; (4) Making privacy protection a focal point of cybersecurity policy; and (5) Developing better techniques for Identity Management.”
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