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Law Restricting SSN Requests Takes Effect

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 6, 2012

Syrcause.com reports on a new state law that limits when New York businesses may ask consumers for their Social Security numbers (SSNs). The law takes effect on December 12 and forbids companies and individuals from requesting SSNs from individuals except under certain circumstances. It also forbids denial of services based on an individual’s refusal to provide an SSN. The bill was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo this summer, the report states. Its sponsor, Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), said the “widespread public exposure of our personal information, especially our Social Security numbers, coupled with the almost universal use of the Internet, makes it that much easier for criminals to steal our identities."
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