How to Prevent Identification Theft
* Protecting Social Security Numbers - Effective Oct 1, 2007. The law prohibits anyone who keeps Social Security numbers from printing them on any material that is mailed when the recipient has not requested it. The law also prohibits printing a Social Security number on a card used to access products or services, or publicly posting or displaying a Social Security number, such as on a Web site.
* Notification of Security Breach - Effective Oct 1, 2007. Anyone who keeps personal identifying information about Oregonians must notify them if computer files containing that personal information have been subject to a security breach. The notification must be done as soon as possible--unless it would impede a criminal investigation--in writing, electronically, or by telephone.
* Protecting Data - Effective Jan 1, 2008. Businesses must develop, implement, and maintain reasonable safeguards to ensure the security, confidentiality, and integrity of the personal identity information they keep. This includes properly disposing of the information.
The law also allows Oregon consumers, effective Oct 1, 2007, to place a security freeze on their credit file to help prevent identity theft.
guidance on how to implement these new requirements, go to the
Department of Consumer and Business Services Web site at
http://www.dfcs.oregon.gov/id_theft.html or call 503-378-4140 or
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