Willis Supports Legislation to Protect Constituents Against Identity Theft

NORTHLAKE, Ill. – With many Illinois residents concerned after the recent Equifax data breach, State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, has cosponsored legislation that will protect consumers from being charged with credit freeze fees, which are an important precaution consumers can take to prevent identity theft after data breaches.

“With the failures exposed by the recent Equifax data breach, we must protect Illinois consumers from charges they could incur simply by taking the steps to protect themselves from somebody else’s mistake,” said Willis. “Our citizens should not have to suffer financially due to the corporation’s failure to keep their information safe.”

Recently, Equifax announced that a massive data breach containing sensitive personal information occurred between May and July of this year, with an estimated 143 million Americans impacted. Within the 143 million Americans, it is believed that 5.4 million Illinois citizens have had their personal and financial information compromised.

“If passed, this legislation will prevent corporations from charging customers for placing a freeze on their account,” said Willis. “I want my constituents to know that they will not have to pay in order to keep their information safe after their data had been lost by a large corporation they trusted.”

Willis is serving her third term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.