|Received:||6/9/2004 8:00:00 AM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||Identity Theft Proposed Rule|
As an active duty member currently stationed overseas, I find this proposal to be an absolute requirement to help protect service members from ID theft. Military members deployed overseas often work 14-18 hour days and have sporadic at best (if any) access to the internet as they must use military provided computers and internet access which is routinely disrupted for security reasons. Consequently, any time spent on the internet is dedicated to trying to communicate with family members to resolve urgent matters. This situation makes service members prime targets for identity theft. Additionally, often times and even more so with the Iraq war, military members must deploy on short notice which requires them to ensure their families, homes, cars, bills are taken care of while they are deployed. It is very easy for military members to inadvertently miss a step in their deployment preparations which makes them even more vulnerable to identity theft. Or even worse, when military members have made all necessary deployment preperations and for unknown reasons (such as agencies not following through ie., post office continues to forward your mail to your old address or worse misroutes your mail) they are then unknowingly put at a high risk for identity theft and because of their deployment or overseas assignment they are helpless to be able to do anything to fight identity theft. I agree the alert should be placed for a minimum of one year.