Identity theft media roundup
On January 8th Rep. Jason Saine announced legislation with North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein aimed at strengthening North Carolina’s laws to prevent data breaches and to protect affected victims.
Hacking breaches accounted for about half of all breaches this year, nearly doubling from five years ago.
Since 2006, reports of hacking have increased by more than 3,500 percent.
Phishing scams also increased in 2017, from 1.76 percent to 24 percent.
The most commonly stolen information includes full names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and driver license numbers.
Lincoln Times News: Rep. Saine, AG Stein aim to strengthen protections against identity theft
"Knowing that tech and security are issues that we’ve worked together on in the past, the AG’s office reached out about working together on some type of legislation. We started this back in October or November, shortly after the announcement of the Equifax breach.”
News & Observer: AG Josh Stein will investigate Uber, team with NC Republican on cyber attack protections
The announcement came up during a news conference in which Stein, a Democrat, teamed up with Rep. Jason Saine, a Lincoln County Republican, to advocate for legislation that would require companies that experience data breaches to notify consumers more quickly.
Saine said he plans to introduce the proposal during the General Assembly’s short session which begins in May. He hopes to gain support from both parties.
Carolina Journal: Stein, Saine announce measures targeting identity theft
Under the legislation, any company experiencing a data breach that did not maintain reasonable security procedures would violate the Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Each victim would represent a separate violation...
WSOC TV: Bipartisan bill would expand North Carolina ID theft laws
The legislation would direct consumers affected by breaches to receive more free credit reports, including five years of credit monitoring from a company such as Equifax if they are hacked. And consumers would have to give permission to a company seeking to obtain their credit score or report and explain the reason for the request.
WRAL: Stronger protections against data breaches proposed
Accidental releases of personal information, data theft by employees or contractors and lost or stolen equipment accounted for the other quarter of data breaches in the state last year. The most commonly stolen information includes full names, dates of birth and Social Security, driver's license and credit card numbers.
Read more here.
WUNC: Cybersecurity In North Carolina: A Bipartisan Effort To Bolster Consumer Protections
...and really from a national standpoint, as we saw with the Equifax breach or the Uber breach, which took over a year to notify customers. And I, being one of them, obviously am concerned about that. So there's not a lot of work already in this space, and it's something that really does have to be addressed.