-------- Original Message -------- Subject: Legislation aims to end identity theft Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2007 12:18:36 -0400 From: Monty Solomon To: undisclosed-recipient:;
Legislation aims to end identity theft
Saturday, August 04, 2007 By DAN RING firstname.lastname@example.org
BOSTON - Gov. Deval L. Patrick yesterday signed a bill designed to protect people against identity theft.
The new law, which takes effect in 90 days, allows consumers to pay a $5 fee to block access to their credit reports, forces companies and government agencies to notify people if personal information is lost or stolen and mandates disposal of certain personal information on consumers.
The law was approved following some highly-publicized thefts, including one reported in January by TJX Cos. in Framingham and another in May 2006 involving birth dates and Social Security numbers kept by the federal government of 26.5 million military veterans.
An Act Relative To Security Freezes And Notification Of Data Breaches