Labor & HR Committee Update
August 24, 2012

Staff Contact: Frank Kerbein

Governor Signs Bill Limiting Disclosure of Social Security Numbers

On August 14, 2012, Governor Cuomo approved S.6608-A (Zelden)/A.8992-A (Dinowitz), restricting those situations where individuals would have to disclose their social security numbers (SSN). The Business Council supported enactment of this legislation designed to advance personal privacy and prevent identity theft.†Its provisions take effect on December 14, 2012.

The bill will prohibit any person or business from requiring an individual to disclose his or her social security number to obtain a good or service, unless when SSN disclosure is required by law or falls under a specific exemption.†Exemptions include:

Violations of these restrictions are subject to injunctive relief and civil penalties of up to $500 for initial violations, and $1,000 for subsequent violations.

The Business Council believes that this legislation strikes a workable balance between providing privacy protection to individuals and accommodating legitimate business needs.
Business Council members are invited to call the HR Line, the Councilís human resources information hotline, at 800-332-2117 if questions come up concerning this new law.