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President's Identity Theft Task Force Report

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Date Published
September 2008
70 pages
This report presents the President's Identity Theft Task Force’s efforts in implementing its 2007 Strategic Plan recommendations in the areas of data protection, avoiding data misuse, victim assistance, and deterrence.
In April 2007, the President’s Identity Theft Task Force released a plan for attacking identity theft that relied on the contributions of all stakeholders, working in cooperation. The Strategic Plan recommends the use of all available tools from better data security and consumer authentication, to expanded resources for victim recovery, to increased training and support for the Nation’s foreign law enforcement partners, to more certain and stronger punishment for perpetrators. Over the past year, the Task Force has worked to implement the recommendations for the Strategic Plan. Much of the work is completed; some is ongoing. The executive order charged 15 Federal departments and agencies with constructing a comprehensive national strategy to combat more effectively the crime of identity theft. One year later (2007), the Task Force submitted its Strategic Plan to the President. The Strategic Plan examined the nature and scope of identity theft and offered a series of recommendations to reduce its incidence and impact. In the areas of data protection, avoiding data misuse, victim assistance, and deterrence, the Task Force made 31 recommendations, ranging from small, incremental steps to broad policy changes. This report documents the Task Force efforts to implement the Strategic Plan’s recommendations. Appendix, endnotes, and glossary