New State Law on Identity Theft

In 2002, a new consumer protection law amending Section 1798 of the California Civil Code was passed, requiring organizations, including institutions of higher education, to notify California state residents when a computer security breach has permitted the release of personal identity information to unauthorized recipients (often referred to as Identity Theft). The University of California Office of the President (UCOP) has recently issued guidelines to implement the provisions of this new law. Read more for a checklist of ways to prevent falling prey to Identity Theft.