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Congress Renews Interest in Identity Theft

Monty Solomon (
Mon, 18 Apr 2005 21:07:02 -0400

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Responding to outrage from consumers whose personal
information has been stolen from companies, Congress is primed to pass
new laws to try to prevent break-ins and to require businesses to
confess to customers when private data is taken.

The government's new interest in requiring such embarrassing
disclosures reverses years of efforts by the FBI and U.S. prosecutors
to shield corporations that have been victims of hackers from bad
publicity by keeping such crimes out of headlines.

But now, consumers want to know if their private information has
been stolen.

The Senate is considering at least two proposals to crack down on
companies suffering breaches of private customer information. The
Federal Trade Commission's chairwoman has endorsed the idea and the
Senate Judiciary Committee's chairman hinted this week that a new law
might be inevitable.

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