Canadians are being asked for their input on proposed legislation that would strengthen safeguards against identity theft and include measures aimed at helping victims of such crimes.
The Consumers Measures Committee, a committee comprised of federal, provincial, and territorial consumer protection representatives, has launched a public consultation on identity theft.
The background paper identifies several potential legislative solutions including:
- a requirement for organizations to notify those affected by a security breach;
- a streamlined approach to putting a fraud alert on a consumer’s credit file;
- the ability for consumers to put a freeze on the sharing of their credit reports without prior notice; and
- a requirement for credit bureaus to take reasonable steps to authenticate persons accessing credit reports.
Comments on the paper are due by September 15, 2005.