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Jan 20, 2006

Focus:Consumer Rights
Action Request:Protest
Location:Illinois, United States

Quick look back at 2005--consumers change the marketplace for the better!

Who made it happen? You did!









Did you know that Illinois passed good legislation in 2005 giving you the right to know if a security breach at a private company has put your personal information at risk for identity theft?

That good state law is now under attack! Industry lobbyists are pushing Congress to block strong state laws like this one and instead to adopt a much weaker compromise. The industry wants to decide whether to notify you on a case by case basis.  Tell your federal legislators to leave the states alone--and instead pass strong ID theft protections modeled on the best of the state laws.

Real reform in Congress happens after states pass strong consumer reforms. Last year, more than a dozen states passed strong identity theft laws, including Illinois. Passed in the wake of widespread data security breaches, these laws are a first step towards greater financial privacy.

The Federal Trade Commission estimates that nearly 10 million people become victims of ID theft each year, and hackers are increasingly breaking into large commercial databases to access hundreds of thousands of records at a time. When this happens to you, you should be told.


And don't forget to tell your friends and family. We expect legislation to move forward in the next Congressional session, so legislators need to hear from as many people as possible now.

Sincerely,
Gail Hillebrand
FinancialPrivacyNow.org
A Project of Consumers Union
1535 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-2512

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Posted: Friday January 20, 2006, 1:36 am
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