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May 10, 2002
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Eisenach Tapped for Identity Theft Task Force 
Virginia Attorney General Announces New Panel and Members 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore has named Progress & Freedom Foundation President Jeffrey A. Eisenach to the Commonwealth’s new Identity Theft Task Force. Kilgore announced the task force and its members at a Richmond news conference this morning.

“This task force will focus on exploring practical and effective ways to prevent identity theft and to help those citizens who have been victimized,” Kilgore said in a news release. The 20-member panel, which includes two victims of the crime, will hold town meetings and “offer practical solutions that we can immediately implement,” he said.

“The digital revolution is making information more valuable every day, and no information is more valuable than that which literally defines our identities – and hence our ability to get credit, enter into contracts, or even to travel,” Eisenach said in accepting the appointment. “Digital technologies have sometimes been blamed for identity theft – sometimes unfairly. What is clear is that new technologies will be essential to giving people control over their essential personal information. I’m looking forward to participating on this task force and contributing to it on the basis of the research we are doing here at PFF.”

The Foundation has undertaken an active program of research on issues relating to consumer privacy in the digital age, including publishing a book by Paul Rubin and Tom Lenard on regulation of commercial information, a book by Alan Raul on privacy issues involving government records, and several papers. The Foundation recently submitted testimony to the Senate Commerce Committee on Senator Hollings proposed legislation.

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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