Feds Ready Plan to Fight ID Theft

The federal government will release its plan to combat identity theft in the U.S. on Monday. After nearly a year's work, the President's Identity Theft Task Force will release its findings Monday at a press event in the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) offices, the FTC said in a media alert. The task force was created by presidential order last May, just before the public disclosure of a data leak at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which put the personal information of 26.5 million veterans at risk. The task force is co-chaired by FTC Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras and U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

In September, the group issued its interim findings, recommending that U.S. law be changed so that victims of ID theft would be compensated for the time it takes to set their credit records straight. Though consumers may not be found liable for any charges accrued as the result of identity theft, often they must spend long hours contacting creditors and credit rating agencies to set the record straight after a fraud has occurred. The task force also recommended that the U.S. adopt a nationwide police reporting system so that victims could more easily notify authorities of crimes. Other recommendations included steps to reduce the government's exposure to data breaches and to improve its response when these crimes occur.

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News source: PC World

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