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Garlik partners with CPP in fight against ID fraud


Garlik, the online identity experts, today signed a major distribution partnership with life assistance firm CPP Group Plc (CPP).

CPP, which boasts 10 million customers across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, will provide Garlik services within future identity protection product releases.

This marks the first large scale deal to distribute Garlik’s debut product, DataPatrol Advanced, the world’s first service designed to counter a new wave of ID theft with fraudsters exploiting the wealth of personal information available online to manufacture identities illegally.

An estimated 140,000 people are affected by identity fraud every year, and this number is set to double in the next five years with the cost to the UK economy expected to reach £4 billion by 2010.

Tom Ilube, CEO of Garlik, commented: “As identity fraudsters begin to use ever more sophisticated technology and methods to identify and defraud their victims, it is essential that consumers have the tools to protect themselves. We are delighted to be working with CPP, and look forward to developing further services which help consumers stay one step ahead of such criminals.”

Sid Mouncey, Head of Identity Protection of CPP, added: “By partnering with Garlik, we are able to offer our customers an even better protection against identity theft. It is vital CPP stay ahead of the ID fraudsters and this partnership helps us offer our customers confidence that their identities are not being abused online.

“Our enhanced Identity Protection product also provides victims with a personal home resolution service. This is provided if an individual’s case becomes too complex to resolve over the telephone, and in this situation, our identity resolution experts would personally visit the victim to sort out the fraud.”

DataPatrol Advanced uses pioneering semantic web technology to help consumers track their personal data across more than four billion web pages, millions of public records and commercial databases as well as geo-demographic data and a subscriber’s credit profile. It returns a weekly report detailing exactly what information appears, an intelligent assessment of how vulnerable the individual is to ID theft and privacy risks and what actions can be taken to reduce the risk and impact of identity theft.

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About Garlik

Garlik, the online identity expert, was founded by Mike Harris, founding CEO of Egg plc, former Egg CIO Tom Ilube and British Computer Society president Professor Nigel Shadbolt. As the first company to develop a web-scale commercial application of semantic technology, Garlik enables consumers to find and understand what personal information is in the public domain about them and manage how their identities appear online. Garlik has over 50,000 customers.

Garlik has appointed a panel of world-class ID protection and technology experts to advise the business including Professor Wendy Hall CBE from the University of Southampton, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web, Simon Davies, director of Privacy International and Daniel Cooper, renowned privacy lawyer with Covington & Burling.

Garlik is backed by two of the UK’s leading blue chip venture capital firms, 3i and Doughty Hanson.

Corporate Background Information

The CPP Group Plc
The CPP Group Plc (CPP) operates in the emerging Life Assistance market. We help people deal with some of the tangible anxieties caused by modern living.

Whether our customers have lost their wallets, been a victim of identity theft or are making plans for their retirement CPP can help remove the hassle from their lives leaving them free to enjoy life. Globally, our Life Assistance products and services are designed to simplify the complexities of everyday livi


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Band and Brown Communications
+44 (0)20 7419 7000
heather@bbpr.com

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