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Protections against theft of children's identities

A bill that has won bipartisan support in the Maryland legislature would provide protections against the theft of children's identities – a crime with the potential to ruin the credit of young people before they are even able to seek their first credit cards. The law would let parents or guardians block access to a child's credit report and would let them create a credit report in their child's name and then put a lock on it, effectively preventing thieves from gaining access to children's identities. PAUL J. RICHARDS, AFP/Getty Images
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