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Time for Secure Payment Cards

On December 18, 2013, Target announced they had suffered a data breach that compromised 40 million debit and credit cards; the third largest data breach in U.S. history. Unfortunately the U.S. has not widely adopted chip- based cards which would have rendered the information stolen in the breach almost unusable. How many more data breaches will it take before the United States moves to more secure technology?

 

Congressional Briefing - Your Identity Matters: Protecting It Against Theft & Fraud in the Digital Age

The Secure ID Coalition and the International Biometrics & Identification Association are pleased to present a briefing for Congressional staff on the policy implications of identification technologies for key issues facing Congress, including healthcare, financial services, and immigration reform. The briefing, Your Identity Matters: Protecting It Against Theft & Fraud in the Digital Age, is on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 12 noon. It is located in the Rayburn House Office Building, room B318. Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Ponemon: Medical ID Theft Increases 19%

Medical record integrity is a prerequisite for getting quality, safe medical care, which is why the 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft released by the Ponemon Institute last week is so disturbing. The study found that 313,000 people were victims of Medical Identity theft last year, which is a 19% increase from the year before.

 

Congress is Back!

Today, Congress returns to Washington after a five week summer vacation with a long to-do list and fast approaching deadlines.  Wondering what will happen with the budget, debt ceiling, and Syria? And how will it affect other legislative priorities, such as the ongoing debate on immigration reform and the SGR Repeal? 

 

Congress Introduces Bill to Modernize Medicare Cards

The Secure ID Coalition applauds the introduction of the Medicare Common Access Card Act of 2013, sponsored by Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI).  The Medicare Common Access Card Act of 2013 calls for a pilot program to upgrade the Medicare card, using a smart card to protect patient and provide information and verify the accuracy of claims. Such a program could save Medicare up to $30 billion per year.

 

Barone: Verifying Worker SSNs Critical to Immigration Bill Success

With the eyes of an nervous nation focused on the Senate immigration reform bill, respected DC pundit and American Enterprise Institute Fellow Michael Barone weighed in on what he considers a prime justification for the bill: reforming E-Verify so that it actually works. Without it, the current bill’s failure to verify Social Security numbers for employment will lead to the same wave of illegal immigration we suffered in the aftermath of the 1986 amnesty. You can read his article here.

 

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