DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has produced a new pamphlet in partnership with the Federal Trade Commission to better equip Colorado businesses to protect their customers’ sensitive personal and financial information.
“Data theft is one of the most serious issues facing Colorado consumers today,” Suthers said. “Even if consumers themselves are shredding their old documents and keeping tabs on their sensitive personal and financial information, a data breach or document theft from a business can still leave them at risk of identity theft. This new booklet informs businesses of ways to prevent data breaches and of their obligations under Colorado law.”
The booklet, “Protecting Personal Information: A Guide for Business,” outlines how businesses can take stock of what consumer information they have on file, ensure they are only keeping what they need, lock down the information they store, dispose of old files or data, and prepare for responding to a data breach or data theft incident.
“The Office of the Attorney General has made tremendous strides over the past five years in informing consumers of how to protect their identities, including our publication of the ‘Identity Theft Repair Kit’ and our work with our partner AARP ElderWatch,” Suthers said. “This new booklet adds yet another layer to our preventative consumer protection efforts.”
The Office of the Attorney General has distributed copies of the “Protecting Personal Information: A Guide for Business” pamphlet to the following business organizations, which will have copies for interested businesses and consumers:
- The Boulder Chamber of Commerce
- The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce
- The Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce
- The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce
- The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce
- The Greeley Chamber of Commerce
- The Longmont Chamber of Commerce
- The National Federation of Independent Businesses – Colorado-Wyoming Chapter
- The South Metro Chamber of Commerce
- The Vail Valley Chamber and Tourism Bureau
The Office of the Attorney General is working to make the booklet available through other business organizations throughout the state. If consumers or businesses are interested in obtaining a digital copy of “Protecting Personal Information: A Guide for Business,” they can find a digital copy at the Office of the Attorney General’s Web site.
The Office of the Attorney General produced the pamphlets at no cost to taxpayers. The funds used to pay for the consumer pamphlet were obtained as part of a 2009 multistate settlement with TJX Companies, Inc., concerning a data breach.