The Jaycee Dugard Case could lead to life saving changes for crime victims desperate to protect their privacy from perpetrators
Posted Apr 11 2010 12:00am
Written by Alexis Moore Over the years there has been a steady rise in the number of inquiries I receive regarding privacy protection for crime victims and consumers. As a privacy protection expert and consultant in the field, my goal is to help encourage law makers, victim advocates and consumers to push for strengthening programs across the nation that will assist crime victims in protecting their privacy.
The changes needed are not as difficult as you may think in order to accomplish this objective. For nearly 6 years I have been lobbying to help pass legislation that is tentatively known as "datafurnisher", and with the worldwide media attention surrounding the Jaycee Lee Dugard case and her struggle to protect her privacy, Survivors In Action and those in support of valuable legislative changes know that there is hope on the horizon and this valuable legislation will be introduced sooner rather than later.
Jaycee Lee Dugards request for privacy as a crime victim is a reminder of how much more work needs to be done to help ensure victims of crime have the safeguards they need in place to protect their personal information including their residence,vehicle information and utility records.
The net continues to be new frontier explored frequently by perpetrators who continue to out pace law enforcement and legislative efforts.
It it is very difficult for consumers to protect their privacy with the number of consumer private records available on-line today. Datafurnishing companies make it very difficult for anyone to protect their private records.
It is up to all of us who work in public safety and in particular with victims of crime to rise above the "status quo" and to adjust to the maneuvers of the perpetrators who are utilizing tech.This requires time, patience and lots of additional hours that the job doesn't pay for; however, in order to excel and try to at least stay one step behind the perpetrators this is what has to be done.
Survivors In Action is accepting sign-ups for no-cost training programs for victim advocates, prosecutors and those who work in public safety regarding privacy protection and the use of technology by perpetrators. Please visit Survivors In Action for more information.