US politicians develop biometric plan for ID theft victims
25 October 2017 15:00 GMT

Republican legislators have unveiled their plans to introduce legislation that will help victims of past cyber security breaches get their lives back.

The lawmakers are planning a bill that would create an "Identity Theft Passport", linked to a person's biometrics.

Representative Duane Quam, the man behind the legislation, which has support from Senator David Senjem of Rochester, said that the problem with identity theft is it can take months or years for a person to recover.

Speaking to Kare 11, Quam says he's been looking for a way to help victims of identity theft ever since the Target data breach in 2013, but it wasn't until Minnesota finally signed on to Real ID that he says a potential solution emerged.

He noted that the bill would create an Identity Theft Passport that Quom says victims could sign up for to help them get their lives back.

He says the framework and implementation of the passport would be determined with the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Commerce during the legislative process.

"Maybe it's something like a driver's license with an emblem on it, but it has some biometrics so that if you go to a bank, you can scan a barcode, your face will come up, some way you can say, 'Hey, it's me,'" Quom said.

KARE 11 took the proposal to some cyber security experts at a summit, but they weren't certain about the plan.

"For example, will that state level ID be allowed to be used, recognized, by other states?" said Evan Wolff, leader of privacy and cyber security for Crowell & Moring. "So if they are going from Minnesota to New York would that ID be recognizable? Could it be used by other states? That's where, really, the challenges occur. That's why we really need to have a federal approach."