CHANTILLY, Va., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Intersections Inc. (Nasdaq: INTX), a leading provider of consumer and corporate identity risk management services that has protected over 30 million consumers, today announced its role as a founding partner of the newly launched Identity Theft Council (ITC), the fast-growing, community-based identity theft victim support and education initiative in the country. Intersections' Executive Vice President of Consumer Services, Steve Schwartz, will be speaking today at the official launch of the Identity Theft Council at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.
The founder and executive director of the ITC, nationally renowned security expert Neal O'Farrell, has seen first-hand the many challenges that law enforcement agencies face when it comes to handling the hundreds of identity theft cases that come across their desks each day. The ITC was established to help remove the burden from law enforcement and provide assistance to victims of identity theft.
"For more than a decade, Intersections has been a pioneer in the identity theft protection industry, and we've made it our top priority to serve as a source of trusted information for consumers. The Identity Theft Council's goals align very closely with our mission—to help empower and protect identity theft victims through education and support. We are thrilled to be the founding partner of this initiative, which allows us to give back to the community in a very practical and powerful way," said Michael Stanfield, CEO and founder of Intersections Inc.
"Intersections' involvement in the Identity Theft Council has been tremendous – they have been the backbone to support this community-based initiative from day one," said Neal O'Farrell, Founder and Executive Director of the ITC. "Intersections has long been an educational advocate to protect victims of identity theft. It is great to see the company take such a proactive role in the ITC and to help communities across the nation deal with this devastating crime. We are also pleased to have the support and expertise of ITAC and their identity theft recovery services donated for the more challenging cases."
Currently, the Council is up and running in the San Francisco Bay Area with more than two dozen cities and police departments already participating. By the end of 2010, more than 100 cities and communities across northern California are expected to be participating in the ITC, creating a model and launch pad for councils to form across the country. The Council is guided by a board of independent directors, as well as a National Council of Advisors comprised of leading security experts and victim advocates.
About Intersections Inc.
Intersections Inc. (Nasdaq: INTX) is a leading provider of consumer and corporate identity risk management services. Eight million consumers are actively protected by Intersections' consumer and breach remediation services offered through North America's leading financial institutions, directly to consumers under its award-winning IDENTITY GUARD® brand (www.identityguard.com), and through its exclusive partnership with ITAC, the Identity Theft Assistance Center. Since its inception in 1996, Intersections has protected more than 30 million consumers.
About the Identity Theft Council
Established in early 2010 in the San Francisco Bay area, the Identity Theft Council (ITC) is a non-profit, grassroots organization that provides identity theft victims with free, ongoing support and identity recovery assistance in their local communities. The Council is creating a nationwide network of local partnerships between law enforcement, the financial industry, and volunteers in local communities to provide hands-on support for victims of identity theft, help law enforcement provide a more coordinated response, and improve identity theft education and awareness community by community, across the country.
The Council was founded by security expert Neal O'Farrell with the support of local law enforcement and Intersections Inc. National partners of the Council include Intersections Inc., Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), the Better Business Bureau (BBB), the Online Trust Alliance (OTA), Elder Financial Protection Network (EFPN), and ITAC, the Identity Theft Assistance Center. For more information or to become involved in the Identity Theft Council, please visit: http://www.identitytheftcouncil.org. Follow us on Twitter @IDTheftCouncil or visit our blog at: http://blog.identitytheftcouncil.org
SOURCE Intersections Inc.