The federal government’s 1–stop resource for victims. On the site, you can report and put together a plan to recover from identity theft.
Identity Theft, Data Privacy and Cyber Security, Office of Consumer Affairs
Learn about the cyber security threats, scams and data breaches that put your identity and finances at risk. Includes links to helpful documents and forms.
St. 2018, c.444 (H.4806) An Act relative to consumer protection from security breaches (January 10, 2019)
You have a right to request or remove a “security freeze” on your consumer report free of charge. The law is effective in April, 2019.
MGL c.93H Security Breaches
Enacted in 2007. Mandates reporting of personal data breaches, disposal of personal information, and gives the consumer the ability to place a security freeze on their credit reports.
Massachusetts Executive Orders
EO 504: Order regarding the security and confidentiality of personal information
Supreme Judicial Court Rule 1:24: Protection of Personal Identifying Information in Publicly Accessible Court Documents
Federal laws and regulations
Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACTA), Pub. L. 108-159, 111 Stat. 1952
Highlights of the law include: 1) requirement that the 3 major credit reporting agencies provide consumers with a free copy of their own credit report every 12 months, 2) National Fraud Alert System through which consumers who suspect fraud can place an alert on their credit files and 3) requirement that account numbers on credit card receipts be truncated so that those who may have access to the receipts do not have access to consumers' names and full credit card numbers.
Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998, Pub. L. 105-318, 112 Stat. 3007, Federal Trade Commission
Provides access to full text of the federal law
Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act, Pub. L. 108-275, 118 Stat. 831, July 2004
Federal law that increases penalty for certain types of identity theft
16 CFR 682.3, Disposal of Consumer Report Information and Records
Regulations promulgated under FACTA on proper disposal of consumer information
Identity Theft Red Flags and Address Discrepancies Under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003; Final Rule, November 9, 2007
Changes affect several CFR sections. For a current version of the regulations, see the eCFR.
201 CMR 17 Compliance Checklist, Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
"a useful tool to aid in the development of a written information security program for a small business or individual that handles "personal information." Each item, presented in question form, highlights a feature of 201 CMR 17.00 that will require proactive attention in order for a plan to be compliant."
Attorney General's Guide on Identity Theft for Victims and Consumers, Mass. Attorney General
Includes tips for avoiding identity theft and what to do if it happens to you
Authentication in an Internet Banking Environment, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council
Guidance requires increased security for online banks, beginning in 2006. Financial institutions are free to design their own security systems that meet these guidelines.
Identity Theft, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
Provides basic information in the following areas: What is identity theft?, How significant is the problem?, How is it committed?, How can you avoid becoming a victim? and What should you do if you are a victim?
Identity theft recovery steps, Federal Trade Commission.
Explains steps to take if you believe you are a victim of identity theft
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding 201 CMR 17, Mass. Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
Very basic information about the regulations in a question and answer format.
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