Government’s Recommendations on Preventing Identity Theft

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While sometimes the government likes to do a lot of studying and very little action, still this report is interesting:

A presidential task force on identity theft from 17 federal agencies and departments labored for 11 months to determine the obvious: Both the public and private sectors need to do a better job of protecting personal information and helping victims.

Although the conclusions are obvious, the task force has managed to produce some recommendations that could help provide this much-needed protection. They would put controls on the use of Social Security numbers as universal identifiers and establish some standards for responding to breaches of sensitive data.

The report, titled Combating Identity Theft: A Strategic Plan, would not eliminate identity theft and fraud, but would make a start if the administration follows through on the recommendations.

You can read the article here which also contains the pdf of the actual report – http://www.gcn.com/online/vol1_no1/43587-1.html

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