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Governor Creates Office of Privacy Protection

From the press release dated Thursday, April 13, 2006:
Today, Governor Doyle opened the Office of Privacy Protection (OPP), which will serve as a centralized hub to educate consumers and businesses on how to protect themselves against identity theft and provide comprehensive assistance to those who have been victimized. Victims are able to contact the office now by calling toll-free at 1-800-422-7128 or on the web at privacy.wi.gov.

The Governor also proposed a legislative initiative to crack down on identity crimes that will increase penalties for identity theft, provide additional security for business, and create greater protections for individual victims. Under the Governor's proposal, identity theft will be increased to a Class E felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Governor Doyle's initiative will make the penalty for identity crimes against businesses the same as for crimes committed against individuals.