Identity Theft

The White House is establishing a new office to work with industry to develop an online “identity ecosystem” in which consumers and businesses can transact securely and privately without the need for passwords.  U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt recently announced plans to create the new “National Program Office,&rdquo

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has signed a legislative measure [PDF] that amends the state’s 2004 Identity Theft Protection Act (the “ITPA”).  The measure, which was enacted to combat phishing scams and other online fraud, amends the ITPA in several significant respects:

  • The new legislation makes it unlawful to gather personally identifying information through e-mail, a website,