BILL NUMBER: AB 703	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Ruskin

                        FEBRUARY 22, 2007

   An act to add Section 1798.855 to the Civil Code, relating to
social security numbers.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 703, as introduced, Ruskin. Social security numbers.
   Existing law prohibits a person or entity, with specified
exceptions, from publicly posting or displaying an individual's
social security number or doing certain other acts that might
compromise the security of an individual's social security number,
unless otherwise required by federal or state law.
   This bill would prohibit a person or entity from using a social
security number as an identifier, except as required by federal or
state law. The bill would also require that records containing social
security numbers be discarded or destroyed in a specified manner,
and would require the encryption or locked storage of records
containing social security numbers.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 1798.855 is added to the Civil Code, to read:
   1798.855.  Except as provided in Section 1798.85, a person or
entity shall do all of the following:
   (a) Identify an employee, customer, or customer account by number
or identifier, rather than by social security number, except when
required by federal or state law.
   (b) Discard or destroy records containing another person's social
security number in a manner that protects their confidentiality, such
as through the use of crosscut shredding.
   (c) Encrypt stored records containing social security numbers in
electronic format or maintain those records in locked cabinets or
locked storage.