CITY HALL — The City Council is expected today to approve an Identity Theft Prevention Program that would tighten oversight rules as the city faces an increase in stolen information.
The program marks a preemptive step by the city to maintain compliance with a new federal regulation — the Red Flags Rule — which requires companies to develop a program to detect, prevent and minimize the damage that could result from identity theft.
The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, will begin to enforce the rule Friday.
“It will help the people who do business with us have some reasonable assurance that [Glendale] is taking steps to protect information,” said City Manager Jim Starbird, who will be responsible for the general administration and oversight of the program. “That’s what we’re doing with this program.”