SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's Attorney General is announcing a program to protect children from identity theft that could potentially ruin their reputations and credit when they come of age.
Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and credit reporting company TransUnion unveiled the Child Identity Protection Program Tuesday.
The program allows parents to register their children for free on a secure online site. TransUnion adds the information to a database and cross-references it when requests for credit reports are received.
If a credit file is created in the name of a child under age 17, the company takes steps to purge the fraudulent information.
The project is part of the AG's anti-identity theft website IRIS, which claims to be the first in the nation to send identity theft complaints directly to the proper law enforcement agency.