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Legislation Planned to Keep Inmates from Data

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 1, 2010

The U.S. Social Security Administration plans to propose legislation that would put a national ban on prisoners accessing data that could be used for identity theft, UPI reports. A 2009 audit by the administration's inspector general showed that a Kansas inmate involved in a work program tried to steal names and numbers. Kansas currently allows inmates to perform data entry for non-profit groups, the courts and state and local government, the report states. "This is like having the fox practice herding chickens," said a Kansas state representative. Most states have laws that bar inmates from seeing personal data.
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