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Businesses Required To Inform Consumers When Identity Data Stolen

Indiana is just now catching up to California.  The Midwestern state just passed a law requiring businesses to notify their customers in the event personal identity data has been stolen.  California has had such a law in place since 2002.  In Indiana, a company that waited four months to inform consumers that their personal data was stolen was the impetus for the new law. 

 

While servers and networks are one place hackers get the data, recently cell phones and laptops have been the target of criminals who want consumer identity data such as credit card numbers, pass codes needed for use of personal accounts, Social Security numbers or driver's license numbers.  MIPTC recently pointed out an easy way to protect these devices.  Not everyone has the picture, though.  The Energy Department got hacked, and 1,.500 names and social security numbers were stolen (subscription required) from the nuclear regulatory agency.

 

Itís a felony to steal consumer information here, but according to the Attorney Generalís website, statistics show that out of 100,000 California residents, 122 will be victimized by identity theft.  Whether your business is in Indiana or California, informing consumers is key.  If youíre a consumer, take steps to protect your identifying information.

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