SC contract for taxpayers in effect

COLUMBIA, S.C.- South Carolina's next contract for state-paid consumer protection services is officially in place for taxpayers affected by last fall's massive hacking of the state's tax-collection agency.

Budget and Control Board spokeswoman Rebecca Griggs said Friday no one protested the state's intent to award the contract to Texas-based CSIdentity Corp. Therefore, it took effect at 8 a.m.

People and businesses can begin signing up Oct


24. The service is free to the enrollees.

Last year, the state paid $12 million to Experian through a no-bid contract Gov

Nikki Haley negotiated after state officials learned of the cyber-theft last October. Nearly 1.5 million people signed up for that credit-monitoring service.

The state will pay CSID up to $8.5 million for more extensive monitoring designed to catch other ways stolen identities are used.