Here are some excellent organizations that can assist you with privacy problems and can help you make your voice heard.
Between 1992 and 1997, there was a 16-fold increase in the incidence of identity theft in the United States. In the years since then, the frequency of this crime has skyrocketed even further. By the end of the year 2000, there will be 700,000 victims of identity theft. This past summer, Trans Union reported that it was receiving 3000 telephone calls per day on the subject of identity theft. According to long-time privacy advocate Alan Westin, one in every four households will be affected by identity theft in the years to come. But there is no federal legislation on the horizon to deal substantively with the root causes of the crime: the ease with which banks and credit card companies issue credit without identity verification, and the utter recklessness with which these companies make false and misleading reports to credit reporting agencies.
Recently, the Federal Trade Commission created an identity theft hotline, which is collecting statistics on this problem and attempting to help consumers. If you are a victim of identity theft, please contact the FTC hotline.
|Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft Hotline|
|Identity Theft Clearinghouse|
|Federal Trade Commission|
|600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW|
|Washington, DC 20580|
|Voice: 877-IDTHEFT (438-4338)|