Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Red Flags Exemptions for Small Businesses

This is very important for all business owners to read.

The U.S. House of Representatives this week unanimously passed legislation that would exempt certain small organizations from complying with the Red Flags Rules.

H.R. 3763 unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week, and would amend FACTA and the component Identity Theft Red Flags Rule to exclude health care, accounting, and legal practices with 20 or fewer employees from having to comply with the regulations, set to be enforced starting next month.

Also, the bill would create a provision to enable other businesses to apply for exemption. To be exempt from complying with the regulation, the bill stipulates that a business would have to meet at least one of the following guidelines:
It must know all of its customers or clients individually;
It must only perform services in or around the residences of its customers; or
It must not have experienced incidents of identity theft, and identity theft must be rare for businesses of its type.
The bill now will move to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs for a vote.

It is not yet known at this time if this pending bill will further delay the FTC's enforcement of the Red Flags Rule, which is still currently set to begin on 1 November, 2009. Read more:
New ID theft rules may not pertain to small businesses
by: Angela Moscaritolo,

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