SC board votes to seek extended credit monitoring

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina lawmakers want to extend and enhance credit services for taxpayers compromised by last fall's hacking at the Revenue Department.

The Budget and Control Board voted Wednesday to seek bids for the next contract covering taxpayers' credit monitoring.

The request will seek a multi-year contract that transfers customers who enrolled with Experian. Lawmakers hope a competitive bid attracts better identity theft protections.

Gov. Nikki Haley negotiated a $12 million deal with Experian last October, when she announced the massive hacking of personal data. The emergency contract did not go through a bidding process.

A measure approved by the Senate requires extending state-paid credit services up to 10 years. It encourages more services than currently are provided by Experian. Its credit monitoring informs customers about new accounts after they're opened.

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