Further restrictions on social security numbers

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, March 9, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Assemblyman Ira Ruskin (D-Los Altos) has introduced AB 703 that would restrict the use of an individual’s social security account number (SSAN) by businesses as identification except where required by federal or state law.   Current law prohibits businesses from public posting or display of an individual’s SSAN (and certain other acts) that might compromise individual security.

If AB 703 were to pass, existing records containing SSANs would have to be destroyed in a manner that would protect their confidentiality (such as crosscut shredding).  Electronically stored records containing SSANs would have to be encrypted or maintained in locked cabinets or storage. Violations could result in civil action for recovery of damages.

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