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House Bill 1121

ARCHIVE (2009)

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DIGEST OF HB1121 (Updated April 28, 2009 11:27 am - DI 84)

Identity deception. Creates the identity theft unit (unit) in the office of the attorney general, and specifies that the unit shall: (1) investigate consumer complaints related to identity theft; (2) assist victims of identity theft; (3) cooperate with law enforcement investigations related to identity theft; (4) assist state and federal prosecuting attorneys in the investigation and prosecution of identity theft; and (5) promptly notify the appropriate law enforcement agency and prosecuting attorney if there is reasonable suspicion to believe that a person has committed identity theft. Authorizes certain agencies and persons to cooperate with the unit in investigating identity theft, and authorizes a prosecuting attorney to deputize the attorney general or a deputy attorney general to assist in the prosecution of an identity theft case. Provides that the unit may establish an educational program to inform consumers concerning identity theft. Requires the owner of a data base to notify the attorney general and the owner's regulator, if applicable, of a breach of the security of data. Requires a data base owner to take certain steps to safeguard data unless the data base owner has its own safeguards in accordance with certain federal laws. Provides certain rights to the victims of identity theft. Increases the penalty for identity deception committed against the person's child to a Class C felony. Provides that unlawfully using identifying information that identifies a fictitious person or a person other than the person who is using the information but that does not belong in its entirety to any live or deceased person constitutes synthetic identity deception. Makes conforming amendments.
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