Chicagoans are among the biggest victims of having their credit data used for fraudulent online purchases.
A new study finds 43 percent of people from Chicago whose information is breached have their data end up making bogus buys.
The office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan saw a 1,600 percent leap in data breach complaints last year.
That’s why Madigan is calling for a federal agency to investigate and prevent data breaches like last year’s huge hacking of customer information at Target.
The agency would work much like the N-T-S-B does for airplane accidents.
Madigan and the National Consumers League want congress to pass a nationwide data security law so cardholders would get immediate notification if their information is compromised.