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Credit Industry and Workplace Procedures to Prevent ID Theft

From the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: Testimony on December 9 by Beth Givens to the San Diego County Chairman’s Conference on Identity Theft–Prevent Identity Theft with Responsible Information-Handling Practices in the Workplace. “The keys to prevention are two-fold, involving the credit industry and the workplace:

  • The credit issuing industry must drastically improve procedures for assessing the legitimacy of credit applications. The credit reporting industry must be required to notify individuals when fraud-related indicators are noted on their credit reports.
  • Employers and businesses must establish responsible information-handling practices involving sensitive personal information such as Social Security numbers and account information.”
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