H.R. 1731 was enacted in 2004 and established penalties for aggravated identity theft or identity theft in connection with the commission of a felony. Under the offenses established under the act, it states “Whoever, during and in relation to any felony violation enumerated in subsection (c), knowingly transfers, possesses, or uses, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person shall, in addition to the punishment provided for such felony, by sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 2 years.”
As much as 70% of all identity theft cases involve people inside companies. As a business, if you're irresponsible with your customers information, you can be responsible for the aftermath of a stolen identity.
Does the Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act Apply To You?H.R. 1731 was created specifically to punish anyone who misuses information. It affects ALL U.S. Residents.
Does the Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act Have Teeth?Anyone caught and convicted will receive anywhere between 2 to 5 years of imprisonment. Additionally, there is a clause that states “a court shall not place on probation any person convicted of a violation of this section;”
What To Do?Even though you trust your employees, take precautionary measures to safeguard your customers data. With Smarter Shredding, we give you secure document bins that help you to safeguard sensitive data – free to use. Don't worry about if someone has stolen customer information between regularly scheduled shredding services.
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H.R. 1731 Bill Texthttp://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c108:H.R.1731
Identity Theft Resource CenterStudy: The Aftermath 2003http://www.idtheftcenter.org/artman2/uploads/1/The_Aftermath_2003.pdf
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