A Lincoln lawmaker says he plans to introduce legislation next year that would require credit agencies to provide free, lifetime credit monitoring when their data systems are breached.

State Sen. Adam Morfeld said Tuesday he will propose the measure in response to news that up to 143 million American consumers had their personal information exposed when credit monitoring service Equifax was breached.

The information exposed includes Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and in some cases driver's license numbers. Equifax has promised free credit monitoring for up to one year for those affected.

Morfeld said the company's response is insufficient.

Nebraska Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division warned on Tuesday that more than 700,000 Nebraskans may be affected by the Equifax security breach. 

To see if your information was affected, visit equifaxsecurity2017.com. You will have to enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number, after which Equifax will inform you if your information was involved in the breach.

The state Attorney General's Office suggests consumers closely monitor their credit reports for suspicious activity; actively monitor financial statements and consider placing a fraud alert or security freeze on your credit report.

For additional details about protecting yourself from identity theft, visit the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection Division website: protectthegoodlife.nebraska.gov/identity-theft.

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