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RI Legislators Seek To Protect SSNs

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 8, 2011

The Boston Globe reports on a push by two Rhode Island lawmakers to keep businesses from asking for the last four digits of customers' Social Security numbers (SSNs). The new legislation follows an existing state prohibition on recording full Social Security numbers on personal checks, the report states. Sen. Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-North Providence) and Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D-Hopkinton) have introduced bills seeking to end a practice where businesses may record partial SSNs, noting an entire number can be determined from those few digits.
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