The proposed Identity Theft Prevention Act breezed through (unanimously!) both houses of the NJ legislature yesterday and will come into force on January 1, 2006.
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Key provisions of the Identity Theft Prevention Act:
- Consumers may place a 'security freeze' on their credit files at no cost, prohibiting the information from being released to a third party without the consumer's express authorization.
- Exempt from the prohibition are law enforcement agencies, the Division of Taxation and financial institutions with which the consumer has an existing relationship.
- Customer records must be destroyed by businesses and government agencies, excluding the federal government, when they are no longer needed.
- Security breaches of computerized records must be disclosed by any business or agency that conducts business in New Jersey 'in the most expedient time possible.'
- Social Security numbers may not be printed on identity cards or materials sent through the mail, unless required by state or federal law."