Personal identity theft remains a growing problem spread throughout the nation. Multiple government agencies, and most recently the White House, has formed special committees and programs to help combat identity theft fallout.According to the Federal Trade Commission, ID theft was the top consumer complaint in 2010, leading to the organization receiving up to 20,000 calls per week. A new task force is joining together to help combat the identity theft problem for businesses on a state level.
Business Identity Task Force
The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) have joined together to form a 10-member Business Identity Task Force. This particular task force will focus specifically on developing strategies and tools for businesses to prevent identity theft. Once developed, the program will help each state to educate and assist the businesses operating within the state to ward off identity theft, as well as how to deal with and resolve the issue if it arises.
According to Mark Ritchie, who is the Secretary of State for Minnesota,“With the downturn in the economy, the newest victims of identity theft are small and medium-sized businesses, including dormant or inactive companies. As the state officials who oversee business registrations and corporate filings, secretaries of state from across the nation have come together to educate business owners on how they can reduce their chances of falling prey to identity thieves and to explore safeguards for state filing systems”
While the task force is finalizing the program, some specific topics have been already defined. They will include technology used to create and store business documents; security measures for business filing applications and records; and outreach programs and contacts. In addition, state laws for deterring business identity theft may also be on the agenda.
The National Association of Secretaries of State
The NASS is the oldest non-partisan professional organization in the country for public officials. Members of the organization include all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The goal of the organization is to develop public policy and foster cooperation among all states.