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Cardwell clients test drive Connections Online 4.0

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WESTLAKE, Ohio (7/24/08)--Cardwell presented attendees of the 2008 Connections Online Users Roundtable in Orlando, Fla., with the opportunity to discuss their use of Cardwell’s Connections Online (COL) performance management tool. Attendees received an introduction, overview and training of COL version 4.0, which is set to be released this summer. The credit union peers also logged on to a COL 4.0 test site for hands-on training. “We asked our clients for a priority listing of future features and they all wanted Outlook integration,” said Karla Norwood, Cardwell president. “They also wanted to be able to link or copy metrics and projects between organizations, departments and people.” The conference also included webinar training--three two-hour sessions--to get users started on the system. Cardwell is a software development and management-consulting firm that serves financial institutions including credit unions.

Harland to market ID theft solution

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SAN DIEGO (7/24/08)--Compliance Coach’s CompliancePal, which allows credit unions to comply with the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction (FACT) Act Identity Theft Red Flags Rule, will be marketed by Harland Financial Solutions, the company announced this week. CompliancePal uses a five-step system to help credit unions comply with the FACT rule, which imposes new responsibilities on businesses to prevent consumer identity theft. The software program walks the user through a series of questions and procedures including: the required risk assessment, the mapping of red flags to appropriate detection and response procedures, the written program, training materials and a compliance status report. “Complying with the Red Flags Rule will be challenging for financial institutions and affected businesses,” said Helen Beckel, Harland senior vice president of strategy and market development. The compliance deadline is Nov. 1. CompliancePal software will be updated regularly to identify new theft schemes and red flags, Compliance Coach said. Harland Financial Solutions, a subsidiary of Harland Clarke Holdings Corp., supplies software and services to financial institutions including

Liberty Mutual Carfax protect buyers from flooded damaged cars

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BOSTON (7/24/08)--Liberty Mutual and Carfax are partnering to help consumers shopping for cars eliminate the ones that have been flood damaged or totaled. Liberty Mutual is providing Carfax with data on every car declared a total loss and sold for salvage for the past five years and forward. Consumers can perform a flood check on cars they are interested in buying through the Liberty Mutual Rewards website. “Varying state laws and a deceitful practice called ‘title washing’ allows salvaged cars to be sold without any documentation they were once totaled,” said Ted Gramer, Liberty Mutual executive vice president of personal claims. “In the aftermath of disasters like the recent Midwestern floods, consumers need added protection from increased fraudulent activity.” Carfax is offering the check for free, and Liberty Mutual customers can purchase a Carfax vehicle history report at a 25% discount. Liberty Mutual also announced its support of the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s VINCheck buyer protection program. Consumers can input the 17-character identification number to determine if a participating insurance company, such as Liberty Mutual, has previously declared the car a loss.