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8.3 million Americans fall victim to identity theft each year. We’re pushing for reforms that give you the tools you need when your sensitive financial information is compromised or stolen.

Publications

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Blog Posts

  • WSJ Article: Squaring Off!

    What do two experts think about data security breach notification laws? Our own Gail Hillebrand “squared off” with Oliver Ireland, of Morrison & Foerster in today’s Wall Street Journal.

  • Eight more states

    Eight more states had their security freeze laws go into effect at the beginning of the year. The security freeze can help protect your identity and your finances. It lets you lock up your credit files so that fraudsters can’t open up new accounts and rack up mountains of debt.

  • Pennsylvania, It’s Time to Freeze

    Your credit that is–starting January 1, 2007. SB 180, a security freeze bill, was signed into law last week by Governor Rendell.

  • News from Transunion

    Have you heard about the latest data security breach? This one’s at Transunion! Apparently, someone in Arizona tapped into more than 1700 people’s credit information with one password.

  • Still on the Lookout

    Even with the new Congress, reports www.ConsumerAffairs.com, “Not everything looks so rosy on the identity theft front. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), sponsor of what critics (including Consumers Union) called the ‘worst data bill ever,’ retained his seat in Congress, though he will lose his position as chair of the Transportation Subcommittee.

  • Hunting for Hackers and Thieves

    David Lazarus wrote a column that appeared in last Friday’s San Francisco Chronicle about Gymboree (a children’s clothing company) and their independent investigation to try to find out how laptops with employees’ sensitive personal information went missing.

  • Can Pictures Really Combat Hackers?

    As someone who banks on-line, I have wondered whether these Site Keys (those little random pictures that pop up once you log onto your account) really help combat identity theft and fraud. So–do they really help keep you and your money more safe?

  • Are You Knee Deep in Credit Card Fees?

    You’re certainly not alone. A recent GAO (Government Accountability Office) report on credit card industry practices found that over one third of credit card holders were charged a late fee last year. Now, you might be saying that this is all the consumer’s fault, but not when the terms are muddled and undecipherable in itty-bitty print, or when you’ve sent the bill in on-time and for some reason it didn’t get processed until after the due date.

  • CardSystems’ security breach shows need for stronger safeguards

    Latest incident highlights how lax data security puts consumers at risk for fraud.

  • Schwarzenegger sides with special interests on key consumer bills

    When Arnold Schwarzenegger campaigned during last year’s California recall election, he promised to stand up to special interests and be the people’s governor. But a flurry of vetoes by Governor Schwarzenegger of key consumer bills is casting serious doubt on whether he’s following through on that pledge.

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