Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Experian has begun notifying taxpayers with minor dependants about what they need to do to protect their child's personal data.
Governor Nikki Haley's office announced Friday the notifications had begun being sent out by email or letter Thursday.
People will be told by Experian how to sign up for the company's Family Secure identity monitoring service free of charge for one year.
"If you claim minors as dependents, you should absolutely take the time to sign them up for identity and credit monitoring through Experian's Family Secure," Haley said in a statement.
The service is part of the program the state purchased for all people affected by a massive hacking that breached South Carolina Department of Revenue servers. About 3.8 million Social Security numbers were taken.
Because of the attack, the state worked out a deal with Experian so people could have credit monitoring. People have been asked to call -1-866-578-5422 or go to www.protectmyid.com/scdor and to use activation code: "SCDOR123"
Gov. Haley and Dept. of Revenue leaders say most of those affected are people who filed their state taxes electronically.
The notifications will be staggered, so people should not worry if they don't get their information immediately. To sign a dependent up, people must have already enrolled themselves in the protection plan. People must have the minor dependent's Social Security number, name and date of birth, and must be the minor's legal parent or guardian.
People who have over five dependants are asked to call Experian.
About 900,000 people have signed up for Experian's credit protection.