A bill introduced by Vermont lawmakers that would criminalize identity theft has been signed into law by Governor Jim Douglas. Under the new law, identity theft will become a felony. It will also be illegal to display Social Security numbers in public places. For example, liquor licenses will have to be redesigned with the owner's Social Security number omitted. The law will also allow victims of identity theft to freeze their credit information, making it a crime for a credit reporting agency to release further information without the consumer's authorization.
Australia has enacted a new amendment that will broaden the definition of personal information and require more transparency from organizations on how that personal information is stored. The new law, The Privacy Regulation 2013, is part of the broader Privacy Amendment Act of 2012 and applies to companies with revenues of more than AUD 3 million that collect information, such as names, contact details, payment information, or other details related to a specific person, for any purpose.