Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Consumer Law Working Group

A message from your chair, Prof. Don Clifford:

Everyone (whether formally affiliated with the working group or not!) is urged to consider the following:

1.) Make comments on www.Safeshopping.org , which we will consider at the winter working meeting. Comments are especially welcome from those who cannot come to the meeting—whether made before, during or afterwords. Send them to me along with your views of whether we should take up such a project at clif@email.unc.edu or come to the meeting and we can discuss them there!

2. Another topic on which we need broad input is whether to work up an ABA website on Identity Theft. We touch on the subject briefly in Safeshopping and have a link to the excellent FTC site and to the site for getting credit reports, www.annualcreditreport.com. There are a number of good websites, so the question is whether we should work up our own to add to the ABA series that is developing (including a site-in-progress on Safeselling). Please send me links to or information about any sites you have found particularly helpful. Among the major ones I have found are:

“OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.” http://onguardonline.gov/idtheft.html

FTC’s ID Theft Website. http://www.consumer.gov/idtheft/

A fairly new site funded and hosted by Microsoft which has this description:

“staysafe.org is an educational site intended to help consumers understand both the positive aspects of the Internet as well as how to manage a variety of safety and security issues that exist online. The guidance given on this site is focused on helping consumers understand those issues and how to take steps to prevent or repair their effects. That guidance may include both behavioral and product and technical solutions. Although this site is non-commercial, various products will be discussed in order to provide consumers with good decision making guidance. The content presented on this site may originate from corporations and non-profit, media and governmental organizations that focus entirely or in part on Internet safety education, consumer protection and consumer products. This site is funded and hosted by Microsoft Corporation and honoraria are paid for some content simply to enable its availability. If you have any questions please contact us.” http://staysafe.org/

There are also materials on such sites as Citibank, Visa and Equifax. There is also http://www.identitytheftassistance.org/home/index.cfm a site which is described as “a cooperative initiative of the financial services industry that provides a free victim assistance serevice for customers of member companies.”

I look forward to hearing from many of you and to the Wilmington meeting!

Don Clifford
clif @ email.unc.edu

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