AURORA, Ill. – With many Illinois residents concerned for their financial security after the recent Equifax data breach, state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, is taking steps to prevent unnecessary charges for individuals who want to protect themselves.
“Illinoisans should not be forced to pay more in order to protect their identities, especially when this breach was not their fault,” Chapa LaVia said. “It is unconscionable to ask consumers to give more money to pay for the mistakes of a negligent corporation.”
Chapa LaVia is a sponsor of House Bill 4095, which prohibits companies from charging consumers to place a freeze on their credit. Such a freeze is an important tool that individuals can use to protect themselves from identity theft. The measure comes in the wake of the Equifax data breach, which is estimated to have affected 143 million Americans. Of those impacted, an estimated 5.4 million Illinois residents had their personal and financial information compromised.
“Customers trusted these corporations to protect their information, and that trust was violated,” Chapa LaVia said. “I encourage residents to keep a close eye on their finances, and to stay up to date with the Equifax story as it continues to develop.”