The state is gearing up a new ID theft unit.
After the personal information of more than six million taxpayers and businesses in South Carolina was compromised last year when state income tax records were hacked at the Department of Revenue, there was a flurry of legislation proposed and revamping of security procedures at state agencies aimed at preventing it from happening again.
While some of that is still being worked out or waiting further legislative action, lawmakers authorized and funded a new identity-theft division at the Department of Consumer Affairs.
The four-person unit will assist consumers by educating them in preventing ID theft, enforcing state identity theft laws, and guiding consumers to ease the negative effects of ID theft.
Those involved in the special division have been finalizing their preparation this month, and the unit will officially be announced on Tuesday, October 1st.
More details are expected next week on how the unit will tackle one of the biggest potential financial threats South Carolinians now face because of the massive DOR data breach.