Janet Napolitano has signed two bills into law intended to protect consumers
from identity theft.
protections are being sought to help the state combat a plague of identity
state – and more specifically the Phoenix area – has the highest per-capita
rates of identity-theft-related complaints among states and large metropolitan
areas nationwide, The Associated Press reported.
new law, previously SB1338, requires companies to notify people affected by any
breaches in security of unencrypted sensitive personal information. It also
applies to government agencies.
new law covers information identifying people’s driver’s license numbers,
Social Security numbers, credit cards and financial accounts.
will face up to a $10,000 fine for each individual who does not get proper
notification. They also will be subject to civil proceedings.
identity theft protection measure, HB2484, signed by Napolitano, restricts how
businesses dispose of paper records with confidential information about
two identity theft efforts have been signed into law, other protection measures
brought before lawmakers this year are likely dead.
the bills that appear to be dead is a measure that is intended to help prevent
the unwanted opening of an account or the obtaining of credit in a person’s
name. The bill – SB1347 – would allow consumers to place security “freezes” on
their credit that would block a credit report agency from releasing any
information without the person’s permission.
could have the freeze put in place for $15. If they later want to apply for
credit, they could have the freeze lifted for a fee of $15.
bill, which the Senate unanimously approved in March, is in the House Rules
help prevent identity theft, authorities warn consumers should look out for
their own interests by reading their credit card statements, reviewing their
credit report once a year and destroying unwanted credit card offers.
you think you’ve been a victim of identity theft, you are encouraged to file a
police report and a complaint with the state attorney general’s office.