Emblematic of the increasing attention to children’s privacy, on July 12, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) are jointly hosting a day-long forum about child identity theft. The forum, entitled “Stolen Futures: A Forum on Child Identity Theft,” will discuss foster care and familial identity theft, which is a growing problem in these difficult economic times. Identity thieves often utilize their children’s or young relatives information to obtain credit cards and other credit and children’s sensitive personal information is also vulnerable to misuse for other reasons as well. This forum follows the FTC’s roundtable last year on its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) rule.
The FTC has noted that businesses may have a particular interest in children’s identity theft for a couple of reasons, which include raising awareness about this important issue and helping to stop an activity that can have significant economic consequences to businesses.