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Kids ID Protection

Each year, about 50,000 Florida kids fall victim, many of them younger than 5. The cost: about $100 million annually. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says it's a big problem that's getting bigger. He says if you steal a 4-year-old's identity, you might get a decade or more out of it before anyone realizes what has happened. Putnam is backing a bill under consideration by the Legislature that would make Florida among the first in the nation to offer children identity protection. Under the proposed Keeping I.D. Safe (KIDS) Act, parents and guardians would be able to open a file in their child's name with one of the major consumer credit bureaus, then immediately put a freeze on it - thus keeping it out of reach of would-be thieves.

 

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