Stolen Futures: A Forum on Child Identity Theft

Years ago any conversation about kids’ identities was about sewing name tags in their clothes before they left for summer camp. How times have changed.

Due to growing concerns about child identity theft, the FTC and the Office for Victims of Crime of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs are co-sponsoring a one-day event, Stolen Futures: A Forum on Child ID Theft. Set for July 12, 2011, at the FTC’s Conference Center at 601 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., in Washington, D.C., the Forum is free and open to the public.

As the tentative agenda shows, panelists will discuss issues related to foster care and family identity theft, data protection in the schools, and solutions and advice for parents.

Why should businesses take part in the conversation? Two reasons. First, leaders in the business community can play an important role in raising awareness about this issue. Second, any form of identity theft — but especially ID theft involving kids — can have serious economic consequences to companies. Because children can’t legally enter into contracts or incur debt, businesses often wind up taking the loss.

Pre-register for the forum by emailing childidtheft@ftc.gov. Do you have articles or other written material that would add to the discussion on July 12th? Please send them to that emailbox.
 

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