Thursday, January 10, 2008


Metro voters to get free identity theft protection Letter with instructions coming next week By MICHAEL CASS Staff Writer(Tennessean) Metro voters will receive a year of free identity theft coverage provided by the city after two computers containing 337,000 Social Security numbers were stolen from the Davidson County Election Commission, Mayor Karl Dean announced today. “My goal is to not only protect the voters whose Social Security numbers have been put at risk, but also to protect the integrity of the election process. We’re going into an extremely important election season and I want all citizens to feel 100 percent confident that they can and should participate in this process without worrying about their personal information being compromised,” Dean said. Metro "is contracting with Debix Identity Protection Network to provide affected citizens a full year of identity theft coverage from the date of registration and the option to renew for a second year of coverage for $9.50, a steep reduction from the consumer price of $99 per year," according to a news release from the mayor's office. Voters will receive a letter with instructions on how to enroll with Debix no later than next week, the mayor's office said. An enrollment form and an activation code will be included. Voters can use the activation code to mail in their enrollment form or register for the service online at Debix expects 25 to 35 percent of affected voters to take advantage of the service, according to the release. Under the contract agreement with Metro, Debix will receive $9.75 per account activation for the first 20,000 enrollees and $9.25 for all others. If 100,000 voters sign up, the program will cost the city more than $900,000.

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