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      New contract for credit monitoring in effect

      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.

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- 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.

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