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Identity Theft
Protecting Your Good Name
Last Featured: 6/26/2006

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At least 7 million Americans are victims of identity theft each year. Criminals are stealing Social Security cards and driver's licenses, sending fake emails and "dumpster diving" to gain access to private information. It can happen to anyone and it can take years to repair your credit history after someone wreaks havoc on your credit. Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we identify solutions for identity theft and ask whether Congress, state legislators and private businesses are doing enough to protect your good name.

Interview with Gail Hillebrand
Host Margot Adler speaks with attorney Gail Hillebrand about the prevalence of identity theft in America today and some of the consequences that fall on ordinary people.

Gail Hillebrand is a senior attorney at the West Coast Regional Office of Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports. Ms. Hillebrand manages the credit and finance advocacy team. Her issues include banking, consumer credit, identity theft and consumer legal rights. Ms. Hillebrand has served on the Consumer Advisory Council to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and on the boards of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and the San Francisco Women Lawyers Alliance.

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Report on One Man's Experience
Reporter Reese Erlich brings us the story of his 33-year-old son Jason, a victim of identity theft whose nightmare experience continues five years after the fact.

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Debate on the Issue
Consumer Advocate Chris Hoofnagle debates financial industry spokesman Andy Barbour on issues of responsibility, protection and restitution that arise from identity theft.

Chris Jay Hoofnagle is senior counsel to the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and director the organization's West Coast Office in San Francisco, California. He is admitted to practice in California, Washington, DC, and Maryland. He is a non-residential fellow with Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society.

Andrew Barbour is vice president of insurance, technology and international affairs with the Financial Services Roundtable. He joined the Roundtable in April of 2001. Previously Andrew served in the Clinton Administration as the Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs. He was a principle advisor to Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky on legislative matters including the Trade and Development Act of 2000.

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Interview with Andrew Klein
Host Margot Adler talks with author Andy Klein about "phishing," the wide world of practices used by bad guys to trick you into giving them your personal information.

Andrew Klein is an anti-phishing expert and a senior product manager with MailFrontier. Klein has more than 20 years of software development experience in complex enterprise and security systems. Previously, he developed classified government software systems. Klein’s current focus is eradicating email fraud from inboxes everywhere. Klein was instrumental in developing a phishing IQ test, taken by more than 350,000 consumers to date. This research resulted in critical industry insights about phishing awareness and new developments in consumer attitudes.

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Interview with Alan Dershowitz
Host Margot Adler interviews celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz about the subject of his latest book: preemption and prevention.

Alan Dershowitz is a professor at Harvard Law School. His clients have included O.J. Simpson, Claus von Bulow, Michael Milken, Leona Helmsley, Jim Bakker, Mike Tyson, John DeLorean, David Crosby and Patricia Hearst. He has written more than a dozen books. His latest is called Preemption: A Knife That Cuts Both Ways.

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18 U.S.C. §1028 The Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act
Federal Trade Commission
U.S. Department of Justice
Identity Theft Resource Center
The Social Security Administration's ID Theft resource page
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
50 Ways to Protect Your Identity and Your Credit: Everything You Need to Know About Identity Theft, Credit Cards, Credit Repair, and Credit Reports
by Steve Weisman
Identity Theft: How to Protect Your Name, Your Credit and Your Vital Information, and What to Do When Someone Hijacks Any of These
by The Silver Lake (Editor)
Preventing Identity Theft For Dummies
by Michael J. Arata
Your Evil Twin: Behind the Identity Theft Epidemic
by B. Sullivan
Whose Internet Is It?
Identity Theft