Sunday, March 16, 2008

VA bans individuals from posting SSN's from online public records (Virginia)

Dena Potter has an AP story about the new Virginia state law, "Law bars publicizing Social Security Numbers: Violators face $2,500 penalty; ACLU eyes challenge." The AP itself did not show a link to it but The Washington Times ran it today on p A7, the Metropolitan Section, link here.

The law was by the Virginia General Assembly. It would appear to prohibit any individual or entity from publishing (as on a personal website, blog, or social networking profile) the social security number of any individual, even those obtained online from websites operated by the State.

This seems to be going after individuals for what is a government and big business problem. Consumer security is threatened largely because large institutions are reckless in identifying borrowers.

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