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Texas Attorney General Takes Action to Protect Information

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On December 11, 2008, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced he is filing an enforcement action against one Rio Grande Valley company and agreements have been secured with two other companies in order to protect consumers from identity theft. These three companies were previously charged with failing to protect and properly discard records containing sensitive personal information.

The two companies that reached agreements with the Office of the Attorney General will be paying a combined total of $145,000 in penalties and attorneys’ fees. GAB Robins, a company that services insurance carriers, agreed to pay $125,000. A loan company managed by Victory Management Services ("VMS"), which goes by the name B&F Finance McAllen, L.L.C, is the second settlement agreement. B&F Finance has agreed to pay the state $20,000. Both companies will also have to meet the requirements to enhance their information-security procedures and training programs.

The Attorney General of Texas is also filing an enforcement action against Nino Tax of Brownsville. The Brownsville Police Department provided the OAG with the personal information of over 200 customers found by a dumpster behind the tax service’s business.

NAID encourages readers of NAIDDirect to regularly go to the website of the OAG in Texas in order to better understand how state government enforces information protection and destruction policy.

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