DATA BREACHES SPUR HOUSE TO PASS NEW CONSUMER PROTECTIONS
By Andy Metzger
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 14, 2018....The House on Wednesday took a step towards giving Bay State consumers more control over their credit reports, freezing their credit for free if they would like, and receiving a year of free credit-monitoring if a company suffers a data breach.
"It's going to be probably one of the major biggest consumer protection bills that we have done in the Commonwealth for a period of time," Speaker Robert DeLeo told the News Service before the bill's passage.
The bill, which comes on the heels of many data breaches in recent years, gained momentum after the catastrophic breach at Equifax that jeopardized personal information on around 150 million people last year.
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