• As previously reported, on July 12, 2011, the FTC and the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime held a forum titled “Stolen Futures: A Forum on Child Identity Theft.” At the forum, it was revealed that 140,000 children are victims of identity fraud annually in the United States and children are targeted 51 times more than adults. The fact that the child’s social security number has not been used for very long makes it a target to associate another name with the same social security number. More information on the forum is available here.
  • On July 14, 2011, Commissioner Edith Ramirez of the FTC testified before the House Communications Subcommittee in a hearing on Internet privacy. Commissioner Ramirez emphasized the FTC’s commitment to privacy and highlighted the enforcement and education steps the FTC has taken to protect consumer privacy. More information can be found here. Chairman Genachowski also spoke at the hearing and agreed that privacy protections were critical to the development of new technologies, because those technologies would not be used if there are privacy concerns. She also emphasized the need to strike a balance between privacy protections and new innovations. The FCC’s privacy policy centers on three goals: “1) consumer control and choice; 2) business transparency about privacy practices, and 3) data security.” Chairman Genachowski’s prepared testimony is available here.