Data security hearings: Four opportunities in Vermont

VERMONT - The Vermont House announced it will hold data security hearings in four towns to help Vermonters learn how best to protect their information.

In mid-September, legislators learned that Equifax, a national credit reporting agency, reported a massive breach of consumer information.  This included the birth dates, addresses, Social Security numbers and some driver's license and credit card information of up to 240,000 Vermonters.

"Personal information theft is a serious crime that has long-term, far-reaching consequences," said House Speaker Mitzi Johnson.

"It is a number one priority of the House to ensure that Vermonters' personal information is secure and that they are protected from identity theft. While the legislature is out-of-session until January, Representatives have already begun work on legislation that will address Vermonters concerns. We expect several bills to be introduced for immediate consideration in January," Johnson continued.

"We've heard from countless Vermonters and the message is clear: they want control over their personal information. We are committed to protecting Vermont consumers and they deserve that control," said VT AG TJ Donovan.

"The Equifax breach was the latest in a pattern - weak security, consumers put at risk, company ducks accountability. Adding insult to injury, Equifax even tried to profit from it. Consumers' interests must come first. I know both the Senate and the House are ready to act," said Senate President Tim Ashe.

Meetings will be held in Springfield, Barton, Manchester Center and Burlington:

Thursday, November 9th


12:30 p.m.           Springfield Town Offices

Selectmen’s Hall

96 Main Street

Springfield, VT


5:30 p.m.             Barton Village Office

17 Village Square

Barton, VT


Tuesday, November 14th


12:30 p.m.           Manchester Community Library

138 Cemetery Avenue

Manchester Center, VT


6:00 p.m.             Department of Health

Conference Room 2B

108 Cherry Street

Burlington, VT

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