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Critics: ID Theft Law Too Expensive for Ohio Consumers

May 9, 2007

The State Senate gets its first look at an ID theft law this week, but critics say the proposal makes it too expensive for Ohio consumers to protect their credit information. Luke Russell with AARP-Ohio says it should be cheap and easy for Ohioans to freeze their credit reports in order to protect personal information from identity thieves.

“Why should Ohio be on the high end of charging consumers to keep their information from thieves?”

Russell believes higher fees make it less likely that Ohioans will use the law to protect themselves from identity theft.

“Any legislation should be simple to use, should be fast, and we believe it should be low in cost. Ideally, that would be free.”

He says it should also be cheap and easy for Ohioans to "unfreeze" their credit information, which they would need to do in order to apply for car and housing loans, or for new credit cards. Some retail and financial businesses have argued against "security freeze" laws, saying they can slow down applications for store credit cards and other forms of credit.

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OH