Attorney Articles

Professionals in law enforcement and legal practitioners need to be current with developments in the identity crime arena. This section offers articles that discuss existing and proposed laws applying to identity crimes, links to government agencies, professional organizations, and other entities that can help professionals address the particular needs of identity theft victims.

Former Member of US Air Force Convicted of Identity Theft
A former United States Air Force member received a sentence of four years in a conviction for identity crime involving the theft and distribution of the personal information of other service members. Ronnie Allen II, 26, was found guilty of two counts of identity theft, two counts of aggravated identity theft, and two counts of access device fraud. The jury…
Law to Protect Foster Children from ID Theft Signed in Michigan
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill that created the Foster Child Identification Theft Protection Act, which imposes requirements on caseworkers to ask for a yearly report designed to monitor credit-related activities for every foster child assigned to their care. The bill was passed unanimously by both the state's House and Senate chambers. In 2014, over 17 million individuals fell…
Federal Judge Remands Experian Data Breach Lawsuit to California State Court
A federal judge in California has dismissed and remanded a suit against Experian Data Corporation and Infosearch LLC concerning an alleged data breach that exposed personal information held the firms' databases to identity thieves. The judge sent Patton v. Experian back to the state court, stating that the plaintiffs did not show "injury-in-fact" as required by the U.S. Ninth Circuit.…
Preliminary Injunction against ID Theft Law Vacated by 9th Circuit Appeals Court
A preliminary injunction granted by a U.S. District Judge in Arizona in connection with an identity theft law was vacated by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The findings of District Judge David G. Campbell held that the plaintiffs' facial preemption claim had merit. The Appeals Court remanded the case, which was brought by an advocacy group for illegal…
Fitness Trackers Used as Evidence in Court Raising Privacy Concerns
Fitness trackers have ignited concerns over consumers' privacy as data from the devices is being used in court cases. The devices capture substantial information about how users spend their time and how their bodies react and perform while they go about their day. Fitness trackers record when the user goes to bed, when they get up, and every heartbeat along…
New California Bill Seeks to Ban Default Encryption on All Smartphones
California Assembly Bill 1681, which was introduced by Assembly member Jim Cooper, would require any smartphone sold in the state "to be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.” Legal experts believe this represents a more drastic measure than the legal precedent currently under examination in the disagreement between Apply and the U.S.…
DNA Database Brings Medical ID Theft, Breach of Privacy Concerns
The Obama Administration has proposed a "precision medicine initiative" that would apply $200 million dollars approved by Congress in 2015 to create a nationwide group of research participants under the National Institutes of Health. President Obama is hoping that the program will allow medical researchers to find cures for cancer and other serious diseases more quickly. However, identity theft and…