Legislators call for lifetime identity protection for OPM data breach victims

Nine legislators are putting their support behind a bill that, if passed, would provide free lifetime identity theft protection coverage to the victims of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breaches.

The RECOVER Act, introduced by Rep. Eleanor Norton (D-D.C.) earlier this week, would include identity theft insurance for losses up to $5 million.

OPM currently offers the 4.2 million victims in its first data breach 18 months of free identity protection service and enrollment in “full service identity restoration,” which repairs a person's identity after fraudulent activity, as well as identity theft insurance.

The 21.5 million people impacted in the second data breach are still awaiting notification letters, but OPM said it will offer the same protections listed above, along with identity monitoring for minor children, continuous credit monitoring and fraud monitoring services beyond credit files.

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