December is National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month. ID theft is in the news every time a major database is compromised (through hacking or human error) for our identifying information, whether it is a government agency, payment services provider, or data center. Most would agree that laws can not necessarily keep up with the rapid-fire changes in the tech industry. Plus, in terms of effectively recovering your good name and holding companies legally responsible for poor protection of your data, some would say the law is sorely lacking. In order to help those who have suffered through identity theft and worked to salvage their reputation, here are just a few resources:
- Computer Crime and Technology in Law Enforcement (Database identifier: QNLNCCT)
As a newsletter, this periodical keeps police and prosecutors up to date, not only on identity theft, but also related subjects like Internet fraud, mail fraud, and cyber-stalking.
- Information Security and Privacy: A Guide to Federal and State Law and Compliance (Database Identifier: INFOSECP)
New for 2012, this treatise covers identity theft law, but also analyzes and advises on subjects like electronic medical records, pharming, and financial privacy.
- ID World (Database Identifier IDWORLD)
This is an industry publication that features expert interviews market research, and news on the fast-changing landscape of digital identities.
- Computer Law and Security Report (Library/File: ELSCJL/ECMLSR)
Identity theft is truly a worldwide problem, so it is helpful to have an international perspective on the issue. This periodical focuses regionally on the US, UK, EU and Pacific Rim, and topically on IT security, telecom regulation, and data protection, among other things.
- Data Identity and Security: Mealey’s Litigation Report(Library/File: MEALEY/MEADAT)
Mealey’s combines news with court filings and coverage of legislative activity, so it is particularly helpful to the legal world. This periodical centers on data privacy, whether it is personal, medical or financial, and whether it is sought by government, employer or hacker.
- Thomson: Data Breach and Encryption Handbook (ISBN 9781604429893)
In this book, Thomson dives into data breaches, their causes, and prevention by using real-life examples and helpful graphics. Current state and federal laws are covered, as is encryption technology and related issues.
- Biegelman: Identity Theft Handbook: Detection, Prevention, and Security (ISBN 9780470179994)
From an author with years in the business of preventing identity theft, this book traces the origins and predicts the future of ID theft. He addresses some of the more notorious ID thieves, types of ID theft, how to prevent ID theft and how to recover your identity if it is stolen.
- Politis, Iglezakis, and Kozyris: Socioeconomic and Legal Implications of Electronic Intrusion (ISBN 9781605662046)
Written as a reference source for policymakers, academics, and researchers, the authors explore the background of cyber crime, the fine line between marketing and privacy invasion, spam, digital forensics and many other related topics.
Websites of Interest
This is a very helpful consumer resource, with a section geared especially towards teens, an interactive map for state-specific resources, and helpful boilerplate letters that aid victims on the road to recovering their identity.
Noting that cyber crime consists of activities like hacking, online extortion, ID theft, and IP matters, and that one activity often overlaps another, IC3 was created as a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center. The two-pronged mission of IC3 is to create an easy reporting mechanism for victims of cyber crime, and a central location for all levels of law enforcement to converge and share information.
This site includes a section on a pilot program the IRS is undertaking to partner with law enforcement to prosecute individual cases of identity theft.
The FTC includes a section on ID theft affecting military families. Note: the FTC is the primary federal agency which should receive reports of id theft.
The Center for Identity Management and Information Protection was established as a research center in order to inform policymakers and stakeholders about best practices and put results of new research into legislation and regulations.
Jennifer Dismukes Vail
Diversity Committee Chair, SLA Legal Division