Michael Chertoff on Homeland Security
Director of Homeland Security
A: The area of identity theft is a very serious area that we are concerned about from a number of different standpoints. I mean, obviously from a cyber-security standpoint, weíre concerned about hackers. Thatís one kind of threat. My understanding, at least in the Choicepoint case, is it wasnít so much a hacker as it was their internal decision to sell some of their product to somebody who turned out to be different than who they expected. I do agree that the issue of identity theft and identity misuse isnít something that we are very carefully focused on in terms of a whole range of issues that we consider in the department, including things like screening for identity. And that brings us to the issue of biometrics, which of course is one way to deal with this kind of problem.
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