The Canadian Identity Theft Support Centre launched in Vancouver yesterday to combat the nation’s fastest-growing crime, reports the Toronto Sun. The centre provides a help line, employing four people to provide phone support, and a step-by-step manual to use if you suspect your identity has been stolen. Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart lauds the creation of the centre but says, “The responsibility for stopping identity theft is a shared one. Individuals must learn how to best protect themselves. Businesses big and small must improve their security safeguards, constantly. Responsibility also rests with law enforcement agencies and with governments.” Stoddart would also like to see passage of key privacy legislation such as an anti-spam bill.
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