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Office of the Indiana Attorney General

Security Breaches

The Office of the Indiana Attorney General is committed to enforcing the Disclosure of Security Breach law to better protect Hoosiers from identity theft. This law requires Indiana businesses inform their customers about security breaches that have placed their personal information in jeopardy. The Office can seek up to $150,000 for data breaches that have not been properly disclosed to Indiana customers.

Security breaches involving your personal information – also referred to as data breaches – can create a significant risk of fraud or identity theft if the information is acquired by the wrong person.  The following guide informs you of the risks involved and the measures you can take if you’re affected by a security breach.

Security Breach Consumer FAQ's

Security Breach FAQ's and Notification Form for Businesses

 

 

How to Deal with a Security Breach

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If you receive a letter informing you personal information may have been compromised due to a security breach, don't panic. A security breach does not necessarily mean you will become a victim of identity theft. However, you are encouraged to follow the steps outlined below to reduce your risk of becoming an identity theft victim.

  1. Determine what type of breach has occurred
  2. Notify the credit bureaus and establish a fraud alert
  3. Order your credit reports and review carefully
  4. Consider a credit freeze
  5. Continue to monitor your accounts, mail, and credit reports