Equifax Canada voices support for federal proposal to criminalize identity theft



    MONTREAL, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - Equifax Canada today publicly voiced support for
the government's intention to introduce legislation to criminalize identity
theft at a press conference held by the Minister of Justice, The Honourable
Rob Nicholson, at Complexe Guy-Favreau in Montreal.
    The federal government's proposed legislation would criminalize identity
theft in Canada. Identity theft is a serious problem for Canadians: Equifax
Canada statistics show that over the past two years, creditors reported over
45,000 cases of identity theft/fraud.
    Equifax Canada's Vice-President of Sales, John LaVecchia, was on hand to
congratulate and support the government on this timely initiative:
    "As Canada's largest consumer and commercial credit reporting and
information services company, Equifax Canada would like to take this
opportunity to congratulate the government and, in particular, Minister
Nicholson for recognizing and taking positive action to help address the
growing problem of identity theft throughout Canada," Mr. LaVecchia stated.
    Mr. LaVecchia also mentioned that a key strength of this counter-identity
theft strategy is that it involves coordinated efforts from governments,
industry, law enforcement, and consumers.

    About Equifax Canada:

    Customers have trusted Equifax for over 100 years to deliver innovative
solutions with the highest integrity and reliability. Businesses - large and
small - rely on us for consumer and business credit intelligence, portfolio
management, fraud detection, decisioning technology, marketing tools, and much
more. We empower individual consumers to manage their personal credit
information, protect their identity, and maximize their financial well-being.
    Equifax Canada Inc. has been enabling business transactions since 1919.
We are a recognized leader in the consumer and commercial credit reporting and
information services industry. Today, Equifax delivers sophisticated
decisioning, data, fraud and e-commerce solutions to the business community
which in turn, allows Canadians to conveniently participate in millions of
financial transactions daily.





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