Court Delays Red Flags Rule for AICPA Members

A district court has granted a delay in the enforcement of the Federal Trade Commission’s Red Flags Rule governing identity theft prevention for members of the American Institute of CPAs in public practice.

The Red Flags Rule is part of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, which Congress passed in 2003. The rule requires financial institutions and creditors, including CPAs who bill clients, to develop and implement a written identity theft prevention program to protect customers’ personal information. The rule was originally intended to take effect on Nov. 1, 2008, but has been delayed three times by the FTC and is scheduled to take effect on June 1, 2010.

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