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  • Technology Sector Pushes Back Against China’s New Source Code Law The term “source code” might sound like something from a blockbuster Hollywood cyberthriller, but the reality is far less dramatic. A source code is the complete building block blueprint of any software title, website, or other similar technology, but it’s become something of a sore point for privacy experts thanks to a new international law.

  • New Identity Theft Bill Becomes Law in California Identity theft and data breaches are becoming so commonplace in the minds of consumers that experts are warning of “data breach fatigue,” a term that describes the sluggish response some people may have to finding out their records were compromised. Unfortunately, the reality of identity theft and its aftermath is something that too many victims don’t really understand until it happens to them.

  • Minnesota Strikes Back Against Revenge Porn There’s little doubt that technology has changed the way we interact with the world around us. Just in the space of a single generation, we’ve gone from television being a “newfangled,” World’s Fair-quality invention to carrying portable computers in our pockets. The iconic Dick Tracy wrist communicator is now a reality thanks to smartwatches, and Star Trek’s flip open communicator was reportedly the design inspiration for the old flip phones.

  • Florida Cracks Down on Skimmers Florida has long held the dubious honor of being ones of the states with the highest amount of identity theft crime, for a variety of reasons.

  • Illinois Adds New Legislation to Update Data Breach, Privacy Laws New legislation signed into law in Illinois will help citizens of that state understand and recover from identity theft in a more timely way. House Bill 1260, signed by Governor Bruce Rauner in May, will update a lot of the currently understood types of identity theft prevention and lead to more immediate recovery. This is an important step towards keeping up with technological changes in this form of crime.

  • Grassroots Efforts to Protect Seniors from Scams One New York councilman is fed up with the way scammers target his elderly constituents, and he’s working on legislation that will do something about it. Councilman Chaim Deutsch has introduced a bill that would require the city’s Office of Consumer Affairs to produce public materials and conduct outreach to both senior citizens and those who care for them.

  • New Bill Helps Victims of Criminal Identity Theft Identity theft victims in Kentucky can breathe a little easier, at least if one member of the state legislature has his way. Rep. Reggie Meeks has introduced a bill that will help victims of criminal identity theft to expunge their records and recover any financial losses from it.

  • House Passes Identity Theft Legislation Each year, the Internal Revenue Service fights hard against phony tax refunds and identity theft, but despite blocking billions of dollars in fraudulent returns, a few billion still manages to slip through.

  • New Child Identity Theft Legislation Begins in Kentucky Child identity theft has been around for years, but from its earliest cases, it tended to involve a relative or friend of the family who’d fraudulently “borrowed” a child’s blank slate. Sadly, in many of the instances, the thief had every good intention of paying back the money he’d taken out in the child’s name, only to find that the same behaviors that caused his money troubles in the first place prevented him from resolving it later.

  • Congress Wants Answers on Medical Identity Theft There are a lot of different types of identity theft: financial, criminal, government, and child, just to name a few. But of all the various types of identity theft, there’s possibly no more dangerous kind than medical identity theft.

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