Tuesday, September 22, 2009
It is good to see another press article warning of the need to focus on Identity Theft. See Nirvi Shah, Miami Herald, Identity theft growing, getting harder to stop DOJ here has taken a positive step with respect to educating on this crime, and developed a website that provides information such as how to protect yourself from being a victim of identity theft and what to do if you become a victim.
But more is clearly needed. With the increased use of computers, and with the downturn in the economy - identity theft is ripe for growth. As noted by the FBI, it even shows up in the mortgage fraud area. See here
Recognition needs to be given to the fact that computer crimes are difficult to investigate and prove. More money and resources need to be focused on this problem and specifically earmarked for this type of criminality. This is not a place for government shortcuts that merely add new legislation or diminish individual rights in an effort to solve the problem. Instead of increasing sentencing - just prosecute the individuals who are committing the crimes. It's an area that necessitates hard police work to find the perpetrators and proceed with prosecutions.