Identity Theft

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Privacy Tip #20 – FTC releases new online tools for identity theft victims-take advantage of them!

As one who is frequently asked “What happens when I become the victim of identity theft?” or “How do I prevent myself from becoming the victim of identity theft?”, I am a pretty big fan of the FTC’s website and refer people...more

Consumer Outlooks on Privacy

Privacy is a social norm, sometimes captured in laws and regulations, which sets limits on the collection, protection, processing, and deletion of personal information. As has become increasingly clear in recent years,...more

FTC Updates IdentityTheft.gov Website

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced updates to the IdentityTheft.govwebsite aimed at making the site more useful to victims of identity theft. The changes will enable consumers to quickly file complaints and...more

Ukranian cyber hacker pleads guilty

Sergei Vovnenko, a Ukranian hacker, pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Newark, New Jersey to aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit wire fraud by using more than 13,000 computers to steal log-in...more

Ukranian cyber hacker pleads guilty

Sergei Vovnenko, a Ukranian hacker, pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Newark, New Jersey to aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit wire fraud by using more than 13,000 computers to steal log-in...more

New Rhode Island Law Protects Victims of Businesses’ Data Breaches in 2016

Cyber data breaches affect individuals, businesses, and the government. Tens of millions of Americans are affected by data breaches every year. In 2014, CNN estimated that 47% of U.S. adults in the U.S. had their personal...more

Tax season may bring more breaches; new victim, TaxAct

This tax season, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been working closely with big tax preparation vendors and chains to improve the security this year and safeguard against widespread identity theft. The IRS is now...more

Data Breach Class Action Against Michael Stores Doesn’t Stick

The arts and crafts retail chain Michael Stores Inc. (“Michaels”) received a late holiday gift in the form of a dismissal of a data breach class action lawsuit. On December 28, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern...more

Medicare: Congress Ends 2015 With Some Last-Minute Reforms

Congress chose to end 2015 with some last-minute Medicare reforms impacting healthcare providers. Significantly, the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act, signed into law by President Obama on December 28, 2015,...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2016 #1

Labor Commissioner Proposes Independent Contractor Legislation - Few issues have proven to be as perennially vexing to the legislature as the definition of “independent contractor.” Legislators hear repeated complaints...more

Did You Get An Erroneous IP-PIN Number from the IRS?

Taxpayers who are the victim of identity theft in regard to tax filings are eligible to receive an IP-PIN number from the IRS. This is a special number issued to the taxpayer that the taxpayer uses when filing the income tax...more

The Tax Man Cometh Not to ID Protection Recipients Either

Late last year, while you were probably busy picking out which bubbly to pop at the stroke of midnight, the IRS gave us another reason to celebrate. You may remember (as we wrote previously) the IRS said it would not require...more

FTC Announces Record Settlement with Identity Theft Protection Company over Alleged Failures to Adhere to a 2010 Court Order

On December 17, the FTC announced a $100 million settlement with an Arizona-based identity theft protection company for violating the terms of a prior federal court order. In 2010, the District Court of Arizona prohibited the...more

The IRS’ Proposed Regulations to Provide a Substitute to the “Contemporaneous Written Acknowledgment” Requirement: A Data Security...

If you are a donor who makes a charitable gift of $250 or more, you need to obtain a “contemporaneous written acknowledgment” (CWA) letter from the recipient charitable organization to substantiate your donation and take the...more

Hackers Aim Sights on Small Biz

We’ve become accustomed to data breaches. For consumers, data breaches are irritating, can be inconvenient, and sometimes create identity theft issues for those affected. Consumers expect “the big boys” to have data security...more

IRS Begins Campaign to Encourage Taxpayers to Protect Personal Information

As we recently reported, on October 20, the IRS announced the implementation of new measures developed in collaboration with state taxing authorities and tax industry leaders to prevent identity theft in refund fraud. On...more

Confusion Continues Over Medical Identity Theft Victim Rights under HIPAA

In a Nov. 10, 2015 letter, the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and the Committee on Finance raised concerns with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...more

IRS says taxpayers can’t sue it for data breach

The Internal Revenue Service recently requested a federal judge in the D.C. Circuit to dismiss a putative class action suit by taxpayers against the IRS for a data breach earlier this year that affected over 330,000...more

Identity Theft Victims Can Now Get a Copy of Fraudulently Filed Returns

Many taxpayers, upon filing (or trying to file electronically) their income tax return, hear back that the IRS has already received a filed return for them. Typically, this is due to a fraudulent return filed using the...more

Lab tech indicted for identity theft

A lab tech working at a Las Vegas pediatric cardiology practice has been indicted on one count of illegal use and disclosure of patient health information and one count of aggravated identity theft. The lab tech had...more

Report Highlights IRS Shortcomings Preventing Business ID Theft

Identity theft is not a problem limited to individuals. Businesses are also at risk for misuse of identifying information with regard to tax returns. The IRS defines business ID theft as “creating, using, or attempting to use...more

NAIC Adopts Cybersecurity Bill of Rights

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) continued its efforts to advance cybersecurity in the insurance industry when it recently adopted the Cybersecurity Bill of Rights. The Cybersecurity Bill of Rights...more

Illinois finds itself at forefront of facial-recognition litigation

Illinois is leading the way in regulating facial-recognition technology — it is one of only two states (the other Texas) that has passed laws covering the collection and use of biometric information. Illinois also is...more

Uber class action case hits roadblock

A California federal judge has ruled that a former Uber driver who is suing Uber in a proposed class action case was unable to show that he suffers an immediate threat of identity theft and dismissed the driver’s first...more

California Highway Patrol seeks to eliminate identity theft in vehicle purchases with proposed new thumbprint requirement

Every year, millions of dollars are lost by finance companies and dealerships due to fraud and identity theft related crimes. Even worse, due to the lack of accurate personal information on an identity theft suspect,...more

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