Saturday, January 5, 2008
The San Jose Mercury News here, notes that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has opened an office in California focused on fighting identity theft. The new office combines two existing offices - the Office of Privacy Protection and the State Security Office, with the new office being called "Information Security and Privacy Protection."
This is an important step in recognizing that identity theft has a significant effect on a large number of people. As noted on the new website, "[o]ver 8,000,000 U.S. residents were victims of identity theft in 2006. That represents about 4% of adults, including more than a million Californians." A 2003 DOJ advisory states that this is "one of the fastest growing crimes in the U.S. and Canada." (see here)
Hopefully combining these two offices will allow for increased resources to fight identity theft. It is good to see a state official recognizing the importance of stopping identity theft.