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1 Identity Theft: The Growing Problem of Wrongful Criminal Histories Beth Givens Privacy Rights Clearinghouse www.privacyrights.org Phone: (619) 298-3396 June 1, 2000

2 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.

3 Criminal Identity Theft 1.Case Histories 2.California Identity Theft Task Force 3.Legislative proposals 4.Role of Information Brokers 5.Recommendations

4 Criminal Identity Theft Worst-case scenario Invisible Virtually impossible to clear record No set procedures for doing so Can ruin your life

5 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

6 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

7 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

8 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

9 Commercial Information Brokers Individual References Services Group (IRSG) www.irsg.org

10 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

11 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, …

12 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

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