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A privacy law in California is changing and addresses biometric protection. As criminals find new and different ways to inflict harm, various laws have evolved over the years to address such needs. Driving laws, for example, have had to adapt to faster speeds, stronger engines, self-driving technology and cellular phones. Schools and medical offices have […]

The process of ending a marriage can be lengthy and painful. During the months or even years it can take to finalize things legally, a lot can happen. In an all-too-common scenario, many people discover after their initial steps towards divorce that their spouse opened new credit cards or lines of credit in their names, […]

Consumers have a new law in New York to thank for providing additional protection from identity theft and data breaches. The law, which was passed by the state legislature in June in response to the rash of record-breaking data breaches and updated regulations, spells out how companies must respond when a breach event occurs. The […]

Data breach laws can vary from state to state in terms of notification. For years some states did not even have laws in place that required companies to inform victims if their data had been compromised in a breach. Laws vary depending on not only the location of the company that was breached, but also […]

By ITRC CEO, Eva Velasquez For victims of identity crimes there are emotional, physical and lost opportunity costs experienced even when resources are provided quickly and competently. The government shutdown will make the aftermath for these victims worse.  The Identity Theft Resource Center’s AftermathTM series sheds light on the less obvious but equally devastating effects […]

A very strict new set of regulations concerning citizens’ data protection are set to take effect in the European Union (EU) this year, and these rules have businesses re-evaluating their current cybersecurity practices. Called the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR for short, these regulations not only mandate how businesses that gather customer data must protect it, […]

In the wake of large-scale data breaches like the recently announced Equifax breach, lawmakers are taking a closer look at the protections their current laws offer to both consumers and businesses. In too many cases, officials have found that the current laws don’t do nearly enough to afford any kind of protection. A new bill in […]

As someone who is concerned about personal security and privacy, you probably already know that your Social Security number—especially combined with your birthdate and a few other key pieces of information—is the Holy Grail of identity theft. A complete record can be sold online, can help someone assume your entire identity, or used in a […]

Tax refund fraud and government identity theft go hand-in-hand to create a multi-billion-dollar problem every year. While thieves still target consumers’ credit card information and bank accounts, they’ve learned that the real money is in your more permanent information, like your Social Security number. With that piece of the puzzle, they can file fraudulent tax […]