Ohio Senate passes identity theft protection measure

Ohioans will be able to place a freeze on their credit report under a bill passed unanimously by the Ohio Senate. Sen. Tom Niehaus sponsored SB 6, which would allow any consumer to place a freeze on his or her credit report for a charge of $5 or less. Victims of identity theft would obtain the freeze free of charge. Consumers would then be given a password which could be used to temporarily lift the freeze if they need access to their credit report. The bill would also require public offices to remove certain personal information, including social security numbers, from documents that are part of a public record. The measure now goes to the House, which passed a similar bill earlier this year. The bill follows the state government’s highly publicized loss of a computer tape that contained more than one million residents’ personal information. For more information, read CPA’s Identity Theft policy brief and model legislation. [Toledo Blade]