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All people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights. Among these are enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy.
     -Article 1, Section 1 of the California Constitution

Summit on Identity Theft

Promoting and Protecting the Privacy
Rights of California Consumers

Office of Privacy Protection

California is the first state to have an agency dedicated to promoting and protecting the privacy rights of consumers. Created by legislation enacted in 2000, the Office of Privacy Protection opened in 2001.

The California Office of Privacy Protection
Assists individuals with identity theft and other privacy-related concerns.
Provides consumer education and information on privacy issues.
Coordinates with local, state and federal law enforcement on identity theft investigations.
Recommends policies and practices that protect individual privacy rights.


 Late Tax Scam Discovered; Free File Users Reminded to Use IRS.gov

 Most Americans Worry About Identity Theft, According to Poll

 New Twist Concerning Threat and Extortion E-Mails

 Information on UCLA Security Incident (Important Information!)

 Identity Theft Insurance Doesn't Cover Losses

 FTC Launches Redress Program for ChoicePoint Identity Theft Victims

 Vallejo Man Discovers Scam with Fake Bank Letter

 Social Security "Cost of Living" E-Mail Scam

 FTC Hangs Up on Telemarketers' Pitch

 Telephone Record Seller Settles FTC Charges

 It's Just the Key to Your Room
   Computerworld surveys 100 hotel card keys to explode an urban myth

 Do you know how to put your identity back together again? Take the quiz

Updated January 2007

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