More on Identity Theft Protection
New Identity Theft Protections Effective Tomorrow Should Be More Affordable & Easier to Use, Says Rep. Maloney
WASHINGTON – Starting November 1, the three major credit monitoring bureaus - Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – will begin offering consumers in all 50 states the option of freezing their credit reports and preventing identity thieves from opening accounts in their name. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chair of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee and author of federal legislation that would create a national “file freeze” standard, applauded the Bureaus (see links to letters below) and urged them to take additional steps to make their file freeze services more affordable, faster, and easier-to-use.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), author of bipartisan legislation with the late Congressman Paul Gillmor (R-OH) that would allow consumers to freeze their credit reports and prevent identity thieves from opening new lines of credit in their name (H.R. 3316), released the following statement today on TransUnion’s recent decision to allow its consumers to freeze their credit files:
Washington, DC – Today, the Chair and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), and Congressman Paul Gillmor (R-OH), introduced bipartisan legislation (H.R. 3316) that would allow consumers to freeze their credit reports and prevent identity thieves from opening new lines of credit in their name.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (Manhattan, Queens) today asked JPMorgan Chase CEO James Dimon to explain why several New York City Chase banks - including four in Maloney’s district - were caught improperly disposing of confidential customer records. A local SEIU chapter documented (click here for video ) Chase banks dumping the unshredded personal financial information of customers - including social security numbers, phone numbers, and account numbers - in publicly accessible curbside trash.
WASHINGTON, DC – It has been revealed that computer systems were hacked at TJX, the operator of several large retail stores. As a result, data of consumers has been stolen, although the extent of the breach has not yet been divulged. Following the reports of this that may have affected millions of consumers, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement:
File Freeze For All: Rep. Maloney Will Continue Push When Data Protection Bill Comes to the House Floor
WASHINGTON, DC – When the House considers a data security bill in the next few weeks, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) will work to protect Americans’ ability to control access to their credit reports and, if possible, expand it. She has announced that she will offer an amendment to make sure consumers have this vital tool to prevent identity theft.
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) expressed her strong support for legislation to help veterans whose names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers were stolen from the home of a VA employee earlier this month.
WASHINGTON, DC - The attached is Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney's (D-Manhattan, Queens) statement from the House floor from the debate on conference report on the FACT Act. This legislation contains new identity theft protections for consumers. It permanently reauthorizes the Fair Credit Reporting Act, provisions of which would have expired on December 31, 2003. The bill passed the House 379-49-1 late last night. It is expected to pass the Senate this weekend and then be signed into law by the President.