Local News

Easley Signs ID Theft Bill Into Law

Posted September 21, 2005 4:53 a.m. EDT

— N.C. Governor Mike Easley signed a bill Wednesday to crack down on a crime that affects about 300,000 people in North Carolina each year.

The bill,

the Identity Theft Protection Act

, prohibits businesses from using social security numbers for identification.

Companies also must destroy records containing customers' personal information. Plus, consumers can put a security freeze on their credit reports to prevent ID theft.