Workshop to discuss authentication trends in US

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The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has scheduled a two-day workshop to discuss trends in authentication that can help curb identity theft.

The public forum, scheduled for April 23 and 24, will explore policies and technologies, such as biometrics, public key infrastructure (PKI) and knowledge-based authentication, which can be implemented to ensure privacy and limit identity theft.

The FTC is encouraging consumers and experts from the public and private sector to participate in the forum, titled "Proof Positive: New Directions for ID Authentication."

Federal Financial Institution Examination Council (FFIEC) guidance, which took effect at the end of last year, has called for financial organisations to add new levels of authentication.

The FTC, the national clearinghouse for identity theft complaints, received 255,565 ID theft complaints in 2005, a growth of about 40,000 over 2003. The agency’s ID theft hotline receives about 15,000 to 20,000 calls each week.
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