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Governor signs identity theft 'skimmers' and indefinite detention bills


Devices that can be used to steal someone’s personal information when they use a credit card are now illegal in Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Thursday banning the sale, purchase, or use of so-called “skimmer” devices.

Proponents of the measure say skimmers can be installed relatively easily on ATMs and other credit card readers. Under the new law, offenders will face felony charges that could come with up to five years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

The bills got unanimous support in the state Legislature. Lawmakers say the devices are a nationwide problem, and that the measure will help law enforcement stay ahead of identity thieves.

The package of bills also increases penalties for other types of identity theft.

Another new law bans Michigan law enforcement officers and the Michigan National Guard from helping the federal government indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without charges. Civil liberties activists say the practice is unconstitutional. But a federal law allows it for some terrorism suspects.