Rhode Island has officially joined with other states in a multistate investigation into the scope of the data breach at Target in December.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said it is important for consumers that investigators get to the bottom of exactly what made Target vulnerable to "a breach of this magnitude."
Target estimates that over 110 Million costumers had their credit card information breached last month.
"Putting people's economic security at risk is simply unacceptable. Companies must be more forthcoming when a breach occurs and must take appropriate steps immediately to inform customers as well as provide some type of protection going forward," said Kilmartin.
He also urged people who have shopped at Target to take advantage of the one year free credit monitoring being offered by the company.
Target has provided the following information for consumers looking to take advantage of this program:
Consumers who shopped in U.S. stores may request an activation code by entering their name and email address at creditmonitoring.target.com before April 23, 2014.
Consumers will then receive an email from Target within one to five days that will include the unique activation code and instructions on how to register the code with ProtectMyID.
Consumers will have until April 30, 2014, to register their code with ProtectMyID.
Emails collected during the process of creating activation codes will only be used for the purpose of sending an activation code to enroll in free credit monitoring.