New State Laws Seek to Halt Identity Theft; Similar Federal Legislation Could Work against Industry, Consumers
Byline: Dan Caterinicchia, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Multiple states enacted laws Sunday designed to help prevent identity theft after major security breaches compromised personal data for millions of consumers in 2005, including last week's incident at Marriott Vacation Club International.
New and existing state laws require timely notification of information breaches to affected customers, and related legislation allows consumers to freeze their credit reports as a means of identity-theft prevention and protection.
But similar federal legislation remains tied up in Congress, which is where consumer groups said it should stay while industry pushes for a tightly focused national breach-notification …
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Publication information: Article title: New State Laws Seek to Halt Identity Theft; Similar Federal Legislation Could Work against Industry, Consumers. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: January 4, 2006. Page number: C08. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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