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Identity Theft : The Growing Problem of Wrongful Criminal Histories. Beth Givens Privacy Rights Clearinghouse www.privacyrights.org Phone: (619) 298-3396 June 1, 2000. Credit-Related Identity Theft. The most common form 500,000 – 700,000 in 2000 1 in 5 households affected

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Identity theft the growing problem of wrongful criminal histories

Identity Theft:The Growing Problem of Wrongful Criminal Histories

  • Beth Givens

  • Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

  • www.privacyrights.org

  • Phone: (619) 298-3396

  • June 1, 2000


Credit related identity theft

Credit-Related Identity Theft

  • The most common form

  • 500,000 – 700,000 in 2000

  • 1 in 5 households affected

  • Typically discovered after 14 months has transpired

  • Takes 6 months to several years to resolve. The average is 2 years.


Criminal identity theft

Criminal Identity Theft

  • Case Histories

  • California Identity Theft Task Force

  • Legislative proposals

  • Role of Information Brokers

  • Recommendations


Criminal identity theft1

Criminal Identity Theft

  • Worst-case scenario

  • Invisible

  • Virtually impossible to clear record

  • No set procedures for doing so

  • Can ruin your life


Cases

Cases

  • Bronti: rejected for numerous jobs, lost everything, homeless, now an activist

  • Olivia: her sister impersonated her when arrested for drugs, her career ambitions thwarted

  • Jose’: jailed 10 days 400 miles away

  • Scott: April 18 “Dateline,” typographical error led to murder rap


How many such cases are there

How Many Such Cases Are There?

  • No clearinghouse of statistics

  • 1 – 2 people jailed in error per month in one Southwest city

  • Our own survey: 15% of credit-related identity theft also had criminal histories

    • “Nowhere to Turn”www.privacyrights.org


California id theft task force

California ID Theft Task Force

  • Los Angeles District Attorney’s office

  • California Attorney General’s office

  • Calif. Department of Motor Vehicles

  • LA Police Dept. & LA Sheriff’s Dept.

  • California Judicial Council

  • Consumer advocates and victims


Legislative proposals

Legislative Proposals

  • AB 1897, Calif. Asm. Susan Davis

    • Expedited court process to clear name

  • AB 1862, Calif. Asm. Torlakson

    • Data base of bona fide victims

  • www.leginfo.ca.gov


Commercial information brokers

Commercial Information Brokers

  • Individual References Services Group (IRSG)

  • www.irsg.org


Recommendations

Recommendations

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act amendments

    • Expanded access to consumer investigative reports, not just adverse decision by employer

    • Requirements of notice and access when employer does its own background check


Recommendations cont d

Recommendations, cont’d

  • [As an aside, we recommend people conduct their own background checks]

  • PrivacyScan.com

  • …docusearch.com, infoseekers.com, 1800USSEARCH.com, infotel.net, knowx.com, fastbreakbail.com, …


Recommendations cont d1

Recommendations, cont’d

  • FTC should investigate compliance of FCRA regarding notice and access

  • FTC should re-visit the IRSG Agreement

    • Consumer access to IRSG reports

    • U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s S.2328

  • Biometrics – a double-edged sword


Identity theft the growing problem of wrongful criminal histories

Q & A

We invite your input.

www.privacyrights.org

[email protected]

(619) 298-3396

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