THE FTC RELEASES GUIDE ON IMPLEMENTATION OF IDENTITY THEFT RULES

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules requiring city utilities to adopt identity theft programs will be enforced beginning on August 1, 2009, pursuant to the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions (FACT) Act of 2003. The FTC has recently released a guide for businesses, including utilities, on how to implement the red flag rules. The guide is available at http://www.ftc.gov/redflagsrule?utm_source=delivra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=frupdate. City officials should contact their city attorney or the TML Legal Department with any questions regarding adoption and implementation of a program. Contact Laura Mueller at the TML Legal Department at 512-231-7400 or by email at laura@tml.org.

(For more information, please see “FTC Requires Businesses to Adopt Identity Theft Programs” in the August 21, 2008, edition of the TML Legislative Update; and “FTC Identity Theft Rules” in the October 9, 2008, edition of the TML Legislative Update.)

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