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New Law Gives Massachusetts Residents More Tools To Protect Credit Information


      Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed a bill to give people new protections against identity theft.

    The law requires companies that report a data breach to offer people free credit monitoring for up to 18 months.  People could also request, without charge, a freeze on their credit reports.

    Consumer advocates pushed for the law after the 2017 breach at the credit reporting agency Equifax.

    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke about the new law with MASSPIRG legislative director Deirdre Cummings.

    MASSPIRG'swebsite has more information on steps people can take to protect against identify theft and fraud.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.
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