Prevent Me if You Can

Mike Fahey, General Counsel/Company Secretary, Affinion International Limited, UK

Frank W. Abagnale is probably the best known identity thief and author of Catch Me if You Can and The Art of the Steal. Mr. Abagnale, now fully-reformed and a leading expert on identity theft protection, described identity theft as the crime of the 21st century [Source 1: p 292]. This article examines the scope and scale of identity theft and suggests practical tips (including tips from Mr. Abagnale himself) to how consumers can, and must, protect themselves. The Conundrum. As attorneys, we are familiar with a multitude of laws, rules, regulations and certifications that are designed to protect personal data and prevent identity fraud.1 We are aware of the supra-national, national and local courts, regulators, law enforcement agencies and NGOs that enforce this multitude. We review companies' privacy policies, terms and conditions and data security policies, intended to provide comfort to consumers that their data will be secure and used only for limited purposes.

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United Kingdom Data Protection Insurance March 2008 Vol. 1, No. 3, Spring 2008

Mike Fahey

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University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1997 Editor-in-Chief, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, NY and London, Corporate Associate, October 1997 to July 2002 Senior Legal Counsel, Trilegiant Corporation (part of Affinion Group), Norwalk, CT, July 2002 to January 2005 General Counsel and Company Secretary, Affinion International, January 2005 to Present

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As part of the Affinion Group, our wide range of protection and travel products enhance the lifestyles of over 117,000,000 customers worldwide, while providing our partners with additional revenue streams and increased customer-to-brand loyalty.

United Kingdom Data Protection Insurance March 2008 Vol. 1, No. 3, Spring 2008
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