Consumer reporting agencies required to provide
a security freeze for certain consumers.
ENTITLED, An Act to
require consumer reporting agencies to provide security freezes for
consumers who are victims of identity theft.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
For purposes of this Act, a victim of identity theft is a victim of a crime as defined
For the purposes of this Act, a security freeze is a notice placed in a consumer's
credit report, at the request of the consumer and subject to certain exceptions, that prohibits the
consumer reporting agency from releasing the consumer's credit report, relating to the extension
of credit involving that consumer's report, without the express authorization of the consumer. If
a security freeze is in place, information from a consumer's credit report may not be released to a
third party without prior express authorization from the consumer.
Any person who is a victim of identity theft and has submitted a valid police report
to a consumer reporting agency may elect to place a security freeze on that person's report by
making a request in writing by certified mail to a consumer reporting agency at an address
designated by the consumer reporting agency to receive such requests. This section does not
prevent a consumer reporting agency from advising a third party that a security freeze is in effect
with respect to the consumer's credit report.
A consumer reporting agency shall place a security freeze on a consumer's credit
report no later than five business days after receiving a written request from the consumer.
The consumer reporting agency shall send a written confirmation of the security
freeze to the consumer within ten business days and shall provide the consumer with a unique
personal identification number or password to be used by the consumer when providing
authorization for the release of the consumer's credit report for a specific period of time.
If any consumer wishes to allow the consumer's credit report to be accessed for a
specific period of time while a freeze is in place, the consumer shall contact the consumer
reporting agency at a point of contact designated by the agency to receive such requests, request
that the freeze be temporarily lifted, and provide the following:
(1) Proper identification, which means that information generally deemed sufficient to
identify a consumer. Only if the consumer is unable to sufficiently identify himself or
herself, may a consumer reporting agency require additional information concerning the
consumer's employment and personal or family history in order to verify the consumer's
(2) The unique personal identification number or password provided by the credit reporting
agency pursuant to section 5 of this Act; and
(3) The proper information regarding the time period for which the report is available to
users of the credit report.
Any consumer reporting agency that receives a request to temporarily lift a freeze on a credit
report pursuant to this section shall comply with the request no later than three business days after
receiving the request.
A consumer reporting agency may develop procedures involving the use of
telephone, fax, the internet, or other electronic media to receive and process a request from a
consumer to temporarily lift a freeze on that consumer's credit report in an expedited manner.
A consumer reporting agency shall remove or temporarily lift a freeze placed on a
consumer's credit report only in the following cases:
(1) Upon a consumer's request pursuant to section 6 or 11 of this Act; or
(2) When the consumer's credit report was frozen due to a material misrepresentation of
fact by the consumer. When a consumer reporting agency intends to remove a freeze
upon a consumer's credit report under this subdivision, the consumer reporting agency
shall notify the consumer in writing prior to removing the freeze on the consumer's
If a third party requests access to a consumer credit report on which a security freeze
is in effect, and this request is in connection with an application for credit or any other use, and the
consumer does not allow the consumer's credit report to be accessed for that specific party or
period of time, the third party may treat the application as incomplete.
If a consumer requests a security freeze, the consumer reporting agency shall
disclose the process of placing and temporarily lifting a freeze, and the process for allowing access
to information from the consumer's credit report for a specific party or period of time while the
freeze is in place.
A security freeze remains in place until the earlier of the date the consumer
reporting agency receives a request from the consumer to remove the freeze or until seven years
from the date that the security freeze was put in place pursuant to section 4 of this Act. A consumer
reporting agency shall remove a security freeze within three business days of receiving a request
for removal from the consumer, who provides both of the following:
(1) Proper identification, as defined in subdivision (1) of section 6 of this Act; and
(2) The unique personal identification number or password provided by the consumer
reporting agency pursuant to section 5 of this Act.
Requests for removal shall be made to a point of contact designated by the agency to receive
This Act does not apply to the use of a consumer credit report by any of the
(1) A person, or a subsidiary, affiliate, or agent of that person, or an assignee of a financial
obligation owed by the consumer to that person or entity, or a prospective assignee of
a financial obligation owed by the consumer to that person in conjunction with the
proposed purchase of the financial obligation, with which the consumer has or had prior
to assignment an account or contract, including a demand deposit account, or to whom
the consumer issued a negotiable instrument for the purposes of reviewing the account
or collecting the financial obligation owed for the account, contract, or negotiable
instrument. The term, reviewing the account, includes activities related to account
maintenance, monitoring, credit line increases, and account upgrades and
(2) A subsidiary, affiliate, agent, assignee, or prospective assignee of a person to whom
access has been granted under section 6 of this Act for purposes of facilitating the
extension of credit or other permissible use;
(3) Any federal, state, or local entity, including a law enforcement agency or court;
(4) A private collection agency acting under a court order, warrant, or subpoena;
(5) A child support agency acting under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C.
(6) The Department of Social Services acting to fulfill any of its statutory responsibilities;
(7) The Internal Revenue Service acting to investigate or collect delinquent taxes or unpaid
court orders or to fulfill any of its other statutory responsibilities;
(8) The use of credit information for the purposes of prescreening as provided for by the
federal Fair Credit Reporting Act;
(9) Any person or entity administering a credit file monitoring subscription service to which
the consumer has subscribed;
(10) Any person or entity for the purpose of providing a consumer with a copy of the
consumer's credit report upon the consumer's request; and
(11) Any person or entity for use in setting or adjusting a rate, adjusting a claim, or
underwriting for insurance purposes.
If a security freeze is in place, a consumer reporting agency may not change any
name, date of birth, social security number, or address in a consumer credit report without sending
a written confirmation of the change to the consumer within thirty days of the change being posted
to the consumer's file. Written confirmation is not required for technical modifications of a
consumer's official information, including name and street abbreviations, complete spellings, or
transposition of numbers or letters. In the case of an address change, the written confirmation shall
be sent to both the new address and to the former address.
No consumer reporting agency is required to place a security freeze in a consumer
credit report if the consumer reporting agency acts only as a reseller of credit information by
assembling and merging information contained in the data base of another consumer reporting
agency or multiple consumer reporting agencies, and does not maintain a permanent data base of
credit information from which new consumer credit reports are produced. However, a consumer
reporting agency shall honor any security freeze placed on a consumer credit report by another
consumer reporting agency.
The following entities are not required to place a security freeze in a consumer
credit report pursuant to this Act:
(1) A check services or fraud prevention services company, which issues reports on
incidents of fraud or authorizations for the purpose of approving or processing
negotiable instruments, electronic funds transfers, or similar methods of payments; and
(2) A deposit account information service company, which issues reports regarding account
closures due to fraud, substantial overdrafts, ATM abuse, or similar negative
information regarding a consumer, to inquiring banks or other financial institutions for
use only in reviewing a consumer request for a deposit account at the inquiring bank or
A consumer reporting agency may furnish to a governmental agency a consumer's
name, address, former address, places of employment, or former places of employment even if a
security freeze is in place.
Signed March 8, 2006