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.
Job seekers and members of the workforce have long been warned that their social media activity could come back to haunt them. After all, those risqué party pictures from spring break or that angry tweet that was fired off during an internet argument doesn’t make the sender seem very responsible.
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.
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.
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.
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.