Identity Theft Essay

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In a court case in which the defendant, Lisa Rohn, was arrested by the FBI for possessing over 70 pieces of false identification and presented as evidence in the court hearing, the court ruled in favor of Lisa Rohn stating that the federal government failed to prove that Lisa Rohn knowingly possessed these identification with the intent of using them unlawfully or transferring them unlawfully (Mathews, 2013, p.12–p. 13). The federal government defines Identity Theft as Knowingly transferring, possessing, or using without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person with intent to commit, or to aid and abet, or in connection with, any unlawful activity that constitutes a violation of federal law, or that constitutes a felony under any applicable state or local law (Mathews, 2013, p.2). It is highly unlikely that Lisa Rohn had any good intension for these IDs found in her possession. This is a clear case for Identity Theft, but irrespective of the evidence, there were loop holes in the law written to govern against Identity Theft, hence Lisa Rohn walked away. Technical interpretation of the law has given different meanings and expectations on what is intended to be classified as Identity Theft, in the current state of the law, giving no guarantee to deterrence and no consolation to victims. There is, therefore, the need to protect ones identity on an individual basis to mitigate the increasing harmful effect of Identity Theft. In this paper, I plan to explore the threats Identity Theft poses and offer some possible solutions in overcoming it. With the internet becoming more and more accessible, there are both positive and negative challenges that this accessibility brings with it. As much as the positive aspects of the accessibility are being seen in different functions of our daily life, the education system, business relations, and

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