A new bill passed by lawmakers in the state of Maryland may have a significant impact on helping parents to protect their kids from the dangers of child identity theft
The Maryland Child Identity Lock bill, which passed the state legislature and is now awaiting Gov. Martin O'Malley's signature, will allow parents to stop the use of their kids' personal information for the use of opening a credit account of any kind, according to a report from the Associated Press
. Those who helped push the bill say it could be a model for other states, as it requires credit bureaus to put a security freeze on the file of anyone who requests the action, regardless of whether one currently exists.
"This just freezes the information to ensure that it's not used for ill purposes," Delegate Craig Zucker, a Democrat who sponsored the bill in the House of Delegates, told the news agency.Matt Cullina
, chief executive officer for Identity Theft
911, has a blog about the dangers kids face from child identity theft and what their parents can do to protect them.
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