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CA Court: ZIP Codes Are Personal Information

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 11, 2011

The California Supreme Court has ruled that merchants may not collect ZIP Codes from credit card customers, the Los Angeles Times reports. In a unanimous decision, the justices deemed that ZIP Codes are part of a person's address and are therefore covered by the state's 1971 Credit Card Act, the report states. "The legislature intended to provide robust consumer protections by prohibiting retailers from soliciting and recording information about the cardholder that is unnecessary to the credit card transaction," Justice Carlos R. Moreno wrote.
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