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Washington governor enacts amendment relating to security freeze fees

Privacy/Cyber Risk & Data Security State Issues State Legislation Data Breach Security Freeze

Privacy, Cyber Risk & Data Security

On March 13, the Washington governor signed Senate Bill 6018, which amends sections of the state’s Fair Credit Reporting Act addressing the removal of security freezes. Among other things, the amended act prohibits credit reporting agencies (CRAs) from charging a fee for placing, temporarily lifting, or removing a security freeze, or when assigning consumers unique personal identification numbers. Additionally, the offices of cybersecurity and privacy and data protection and the Attorney General’s office are instructed to work with stakeholders to evaluate the amendment’s impact on consumers and CRAs. A findings report must be submitted by December 1, 2020, and include data breach trends and recommendations by federal and state agencies. The amendment takes effect June 7.

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