PHOTO Tom Cullerton works to spread DuPage success throughout Illinois4.13.16VILLA PARK – On Sept. 7, 2017, Equifax announced that a security breach compromised the personal information of 143 million U.S. residents, including more than 5.4 million Illinois residents.

In response, a measure passed by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) to allow consumers to protect themselves in a cost-effective and timely manner is heading to the governor’s desk.

“People should not be penalized for making sound financial decisions,” Cullerton said. “It’s our duty to provide Illinois residents with robust methods to ensure credit protection and identity theft prevention measures.”

Cullerton’s House Bill 4095 will no longer allow consumer reporting agencies to impose a charge on a consumer for placing a freeze, removing a freeze, or temporarily lifting a freeze on their credit reports. Under current law, consumer reporting agencies are allowed to charge up to $10 each time a consumer wishes to take these proactive actions.

House Bill 4095 would not only eliminate fees but would also allow Illinois residents to initiate or remove a freeze by telephone and through electronic methods.

The Equifax security breach compromised information such as names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver's license numbers. This breach is very concerning as such sensitive information can be used for identity theft.

“Every day we utilize online services that require us to share personal information. This makes all of us susceptible to security breaches similar to the 2017 Equifax breach,” Cullerton said. “When misfortune strikes it’s vital that the State of Illinois ensure DuPage County residents have the tools available to protect themselves.”

House Bill 4095 passed the Senate and House without any opposition.

For those that are already victims of identity theft or those who believe their personal or financial information has been compromised, Cullerton suggests calling the Illinois Attorney General’s toll-free Identity Theft Hotline at 1-866-999-5630 or 1-877-844-5461 (TTY).

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