senate Bill S700

Restricts the availability and use of the entirety of a person's social security number

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 13 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO CODES

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1303
Versions:
S700
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Civil Rights Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S700 REVISED 01/14/09

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the civil rights law, in relation to social security
number confidentiality


PURPOSE :
This bill would restrict the availability and use of the entirety of a
person's social security number.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section 1 amends the Civil Rights Law by adding a new section 50-f in
relation to social security number confidentiality.

Subsection 2 states that no person shall make the entirety of a social
security number available to the general public.

Subsection 3 states that no person shall require use of the entirety
of a social security number for an employment application, credit
application or other transaction, except for law enforcement, social
security, Medicare or Medicaid purposes.

Subsection 4 states that no person shall refuse to transact business
because of refusal to provide social security number.

Subsection 5 states that no person shall transmit material that
associates a social security number with an account number for a bank,
savings and loan association or credit union.

Subsection 6 states when a person may use a social security number.

Subsection 7 states when a person may collect, use and release a
social security number as required by law or for internal verification
or administrative purposes.

Section 2 establishes an effective date of January 1, 2008.

JUSTIFICATION :
This bill would restrict the availability and use of the entirety of a
person's social security number. Identity theft occurs when someone
uses your name, address, Social Security Number (SSN), bank, credit
card number or other identifying information, without your knowledge,
to commit fraud or other crimes. The magnitude of the problem is
increasing. The Federal Trade Commission has stated in 2002 that
identity theft was number 1 on its top 10 fraud issues and a whopping
43% of all complaints. The Department of Justice reports identity
theft affects 500,000 and 700,000 annually with an average loss of
$18,000.00.

Consumer Sentinel Trends reports that during the period January 1
December 2002, there were 12,698 identity theft complaints reported in
New York State. Congress has introduced several bills that would
eliminate the use of social security numbers.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007-08: Referred to CODES
2005-06: Referred to CODES

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
January 1, 2010.
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