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J. Campana testimony critical to court’s decision to protect state employees
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Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court relied on two affidavits as to identity theft, one from expert Joseph Campana, in a recent court opinion that will protect state employee date of birth’s from public disclosure.  Read the full story in the Identity Theft Examiner Column.
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Madison, WI, February 25, 2008—Today J. Campana & Associates released a comprehensive assessment of over 1,100 data breaches reported in the U.S. 

The release date comes on fourth anniversary of perhaps the most notorius data breach—ChoicePoint, which got Americans thinking about privacy and business thing about data security.

The report examines how information has been compromised in the private, public and volunteer sectors and a dozen subsectors during  the most recent four-year period

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2009 14:09
Privacy Diary –ID Theft, Privacy and InfoSec Blog
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The Privacy Diary Blog is online. The daily blog contains commentaries about identity theft, privacy and information security. Author, expert Joe Campana is blogging to journal his professional experiences, which are the basis for articles that appear in the forum--thus the name Privacy Diary.

The blog articles are written to appeal to small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) including businesses, not-for-profits, local government, schools, and their management.

Blogger Joe Campana shares useful tips and lessons that SMEs, such as small businesses, can put to use immediately to

How Safe are We in Our Schools?
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Data Breach

A new study by J. Campana and Associates reveals that U.S. school-related information security data breaches account for nearly one-third of all the information security data breaches reported. The Education Sector, which comprises as little as 0.6% of the total number of U.S. entities, reported a disproportionate number of information security breaches. Dr. Joseph Campana discussed the findings at a workshop on privacy and information security last weekend at the annual meeting of the Association of School Board Officials International in Denver, Colorado.

Privacy Compliance Required?
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Compliance and Laws
Privacy and information security data breaches are the fastest growing risks to ALL businesses and employers today. Over 50% of identity theft originates in the workplace as a result of lax privacy and information security practices. All enterprises—businesses; employers; governmental entities, schools, non-profits, and even individuals who conduct certain business transactions, are subject to one or more state and federal regulations governing identity theft, privacy and information security. Compliance with these identity theft, privacy and information security laws and regulationsrequires risk identification, documentation, and employee education and training on an ongoing basis.
Images Reflect Darker Side of Identity Theft
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So what's up with our website images? What does toppling twin towers and foreigners scaling border walls have to do with information security, privacy and identity theft? We believe identity theft should conjure disturbing and memorable images.

Wisconsin Contractor and State Expose Residents to ID Theft in Super Breach
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Identity Theft
Friday, 11 January 2008 11:00

As if an annual occurrence, the State of Wisconsin and state contractor EDS exposed the Social Security Numbers of more than 260,000 residents on mailing labels. The State discovered the privacy breach on Monday of this week and immediately went public, thus potentially increasing the risk of identity theft to residents. This is not only the second time the State was involved in a “Super Breach” but also the second time the State prematurely advertised to fraudsters that they could easily find Social Security Numbers in throughout the postal  system and in the trash.

Privacy and Information Security Safeguards Recommended by Department of Education
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Data Breach
Monday, 15 December 2008 21:33

In December 2008, The U.S. Department of Education published the final amendments to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Among several important changes and clarifications to FERPA, the publication also included recommendations for safeguarding education records, which parallel privacy and information security best practices. The privacy and information security safeguards recommendations published within the FERPA rules are significant because many educational agencies and institutions focus on FERPA for privacy guidance although other federal, state and industry regulations, less familiar to the education sector, may apply.

About Us
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J. Campana & Associates provides the services and expertise to quickly, simply, and inexpensively decrease identity theft, privacy, and information security related risks to your organization; your employees; your clients; and others with whom you have a business or service relationship.


The services of J. Campana & Associates keepidentity theft out of your business and out of your life by bringing your organization into compliance through privacy and information securitybest practices.
Do you accept credits cards?
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Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard
If your business or organization accepts credit cards and processes or stores credit card information electronically, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) could help you minimize your liability should that information ever be compromised. But first, you have to meet the PCI-DSS compliance standards. If you don't comply, your enterprise is subject to significant additional liabilities in terms of fines and restitution expenses imposed by the PCI. You have to comply even if you only process a few credit cards each year.In essence the PCI-DSS is a privacy and information security standard that is meant to prevent financial identity theft.
Reports of ID theft down in Wisconsin—but is ID Theft down?
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Consumer Resources
Saturday, 23 February 2008 17:21

Reports of identity theft from victims in Wisconsin fell 3.4% in 2007 compared to 2006 according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Do these statistics mean that id theft is down in Wisconsin? Not necessarily, and it is not very likely.

'Tis the Season . . . of Identity Theft
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Consumer Resources
The holiday season is huge for retail sales, and it's big for pickpockets and identity thieves too. The thieves are interested in your credit cards and personal identification, not the cash. ID's are more valuable. Identity theftscam artistswill steal your wallets mail, and trash; and scam you by telephone, mail, and the Internet. They want your good name.

Some Holiday Tips and New Year's Resolutions for you to put into practice to manage your identity and to help prevent identity theftare:

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