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Upcoming Report Will Help Arm Businesses Against Identity Theft and Fraud

New York, Dec 14, 2007

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, banks, card issuers and retailers, among others, are mindful of the dangers of identity theft and the importance of protecting their customers’ personal financial data. A report coming in January 2008 will help businesses and other organizations arm themselves from the theft and fraudulent use of such information.

The report is being prepared by the Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel (IDSP). Sponsored by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and spearheaded by nine leading companies, the Panel has spent the past year defining a set of cross-sector standards and best practices to address this critical issue.

“The IDSP has brought together a diverse group of public and private sector interests to identify guidelines and standards-based solutions that can be used to address this critical marketplace problem 365 days per year,” said IDSP director James McCabe.

The Panel’s collective findings and recommendations will be issued on January 24, 2008. The IDSP will host a webinar that day to formally announce the release of the report and engage key analysts and industry leaders in a roundtable discussion of the Panel’s findings.

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The Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel (IDSP) is a cross-sector initiative that works to create a single resource of standards and guidelines that businesses and other organizations can use to prevent and respond to identity theft and fraud. Jointly sponsored by ANSI and the BBB, the IDSP’s nine founding partners are AT&T, ChoicePoint, Citi, Dell Inc., Intersections Inc., Microsoft, Staples, Inc., TransUnion and Visa Inc.

Founded in September 2006, the Panel leverages ANSI’s unique expertise as coordinator of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system with BBB’s extensive experience in advancing trust in the marketplace, and includes participation from all affected marketplace stakeholders.

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