Indiana Attorney General pushes for identity theft protection

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 22, 2014) - Major concerns over consumer protection are growing. Retailers like Staples, Target, and Walmart have been victims of large cyber-attacks.

Indiana leaders are now joining the fight for stricter consumer protection regulation.

Indiana Attorney General, Greg Zoeller acknowledged Monday, the firewalls and consumer protections the state has already in place, are not working.

Zoeller is joining with State Senator Jim Merritt (R – Indianapolis) to push for an industry overhaul that would mandate safe storage of sensitive data, reduce harm to consumers in case of a data breach, and increase transparency of online privacy policies.

In 2014 the state Attorney General’s Identity Theft Unit investigated more than 1,300 cases of identity theft complaints.

This is part of a growing trend. Personal banking and identity information for millions of Americans was hacked this year. Major retailers including Staples, Michaels, Target, and Walmart all fell victim.

“I think everybody has seen this growth of data breaches, so it’s raised the question, what can states do to do more? I think this legislation at least helps at least the first steps,” said Zoeller.

Merritt plans to sponsor this legislation in the upcoming 2015 general assembly session.

For tips to protect yourself from identity theft, such as signing up for a credit freeze, click here. To file an identity theft complaint with the Attorney General’s Office, click here or call 800-382-5516.

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