Announcement – Posted 1/30/2013
Red Flag Rule
Short for “Identity Theft Red Flags” and Address Discrepancies Under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003. The rule requires any entity where there is a risk of identity theft to develop and implement an identity theft program. The program must include reasonable policies and procedures for detecting, preventing, and mitigating identity theft.
On December 18, 2010 President Obama signed into law an amendment to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (Public Law 111-319) . It appears to clearly indicate that water utilities will be exempt from the red flag rule requirements unless they do all of the following
1. Obtain and uses credit reports
2. Reports to credit reporting agencies
3. Provides credit
HOWEVER, we believe that the bill has a special exemption included that will specifically exempt all water and wastewater utilities. We will be having a meeting with the FTC attorneys in the next few weeks to ensure that their interpretation is the same.
You can read the law at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-111s3987enr/pdf/BILLS-111s3987enr.pdf
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