ASIS Joins Identity Protection Program Coalition

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ASIS International has joined with three leading security associations to form a coalition to advocate a Six Point Identity Protection Program that will help prevent identity theft without hampering the ability of private investigators to support the judicial system, the legal community, law enforcement, corporate security, and private citizens who are victims of identity theft.

ASIS's partners in the new coalition are the National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS), Security Companies Organized for Legislative Action (SCOLA), and the International Association of Security and Investigation Regulators (IASIR).

In addition, a letter was sent to the congressional leadership and members, signed by the largest, most recognized professional security associations, advising Congress to take a cautious approach to restricting access to personal data and other measures that may have a significant adverse effect on the judicial system, law enforcement, and corporate America.

The Six Point Identity Protection Program includes conducting thorough credentialing of new accounts and those where a review indicates a new check is in order, denying Internet sales of personal identification information to the general public, increasing penalties for the misuse of personal information, and enacting legislation requiring data providers to notify customers of breaches.

It also includes prohibiting use of Social Security numbers on identification documents such as healthcare insurance cards, drivers' licenses, and state permits, and allowing access to personal data for licensed individuals who can demonstrate a need and have submitted to a background investigation.

"We strongly urge Congress to fully investigate the facts surrounding the recent data breaches and illegal access and use of personal identification information," said ASIS President Daniel J. Consalvo, CPP, "but we feel that investigators play an important role in supporting the security and crime prevention focus of our members, senior security vice presidents, directors, and managers. It is essential that their legitimate access to personal information be maintained."

"We strongly support the protection of personal identification information and welcome every opportunity to work with congressional leaders to address this important issue," says Brian McGuinness, president of the NCISS. …

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