02/26/2010 - Americans overestimate the risk that identity theft will occur online, a new survey reveals. The higher risk is still offline where 90 percent of identity theft occurs via methods such as mail theft.
12/23/2009 - A bill (H.R. 2221) that would set out requirements for ensuring that data security has been approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The full House of Representatives has not announced whether it will bring the bill to the floor for a vote.
10/28/2009 - A bill (S. 1261) that will repeal the REAL ID Act of 2005 and replace it with an alternative ID program has been approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The Senate has not announced whether it will consider the measure.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a person cannot be convicted under a federal statute forbidding aggravated identity theft unless the person knowingly misappropriated the identities of others.
08/03/2009 - A fake ATM machine was discovered in the convention center of Las Vegas' Riviera Hotel Casino, ripping off guests and hackers attending the Black Hat and DefCon hacking conferences inside the convention center.
05/28/2009 - New regulations implemented in Massachusetts require that companies encrypt documents sent over the Internet or saved on laptops or flash drives. Data transmitted wirelessly must also be protected and firewalls must be up to date. Companies were required to meet most of the regulations last month but the deadline for some items has been extended. For example, all data stored on laptops must be encrypted now but the requirement to encrypt data on other portable devices has been delayed until January 1, 2010.