US Senate passes ground-breaking identity theft legislation

The US Senate has passed a new Bill that will allow victims of online ID theft cases to automatically seek compensation against the criminals concerned, without having to go to the civil courts.

Experts say that the new Bill redresses the balance in favour of victims of ID theft, since it will effectively allow the criminal courts in the US to award damages to the victim.

Newswire reports say that the Senate passed the Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act unanimously late last week.

Amongst other things, the Bill will allow prosecutors to go after criminals who threaten to take or release information from PCs, charging them with conspiracy to commit a cybercrime.

Current legislation reportedly only allows the prosecution of criminals who seek to extort companies by explicitly threatening to shut down or damage a computer system.

You can read more on the new Bill here...