Sep 10, 2011 Karen Umpierre
In response to a 2009 Consumer Federation of America report about misleading claims and other issues in the ID theft services industry, the CFA formed a working group of experts and organizations to combat further mishaps, the Credit Union Times reports. The group consists of identity theft attorney Mari Frank, the California Office of Privacy Protection, credit report service Experian, ID Analytics, ID Experts, Identity Theft 911, the Identity Theft Assistance Center and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. To further safeguard against ID theft, the group recently unveiled a new website which offers best practices for prevention of ID verification issues, as well as services for both consumers and businesses. In addition, the site provides updated news on the topic and quizzes for visitors to measure their knowledge of ID theft protection. "The aim of CFA's Identity Theft Service Best Practices Working Group is to promote responsible industry practices and help consumers sort through the clutter of information and misinformation about identity theft and how to protect themselves," Susan Grant, the CFA's director of consumer protection, told the news source. According to the recently launched site, the CFA was established in 1968 and consists of nearly 300 consumer organizations.