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New Jersey Copy Machine Law Sees Progress

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

November 30, 2010

PolitickerNJ.com reports that legislation requiring data held on digital copy machines be destroyed before machines are resold or thrown out will now move on to the Senate Commerce Committee. The assembly recently approved Bill A-297 by a vote of 50-28-1. Sponsored by Linda Greenstein (D-Mercer/Middlesex), Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden) and Herb Conaway (D-Burlington/Camden), the bill aims to protect people from identity theft by requiring that the machines' hard drives, which store each scanned document, are cleared. Greenstein said besides identity theft, scanned sensitive medical and police records make people vulnerable.
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