Bill Increases Security of
April 20, 2005
The private information of Alaska consumers would have greater
protection under a bill introduced Tuesday by Sen. Gene Therriault
"In this age of identity
theft and prolific consumer record keeping, the opportunity for
exploitation of citizens is tremendous. When mistakes are made,
responsible parties must cooperate to protect the individual
and rectify the problems as quickly as possible. Those who wish
to be in the business of controlling personal information must
accept the full risks associated with potential mishandling of
their records," Sen. Therriault said.
SB 180 addresses breaches of
security involving personal information, consumer report security
freezes, protection of social security numbers, disposal of records
and the accuracy of reports on credit history, score and ranking.
The bill establishes penalties
and civil remedies and includes provisions to:
- Require record keepers to
notify affected parties without unreasonable delay when personal
records are compromised through a security breach.
- Allow an individual to invoke
a security freeze on all or part of personal information being
released by a consumer-reporting agency about the individual.
- Require accurate reports by
credit agencies and make the agency responsible for any damage
caused through the release of inaccurate credit information,
- Limit the public release of
a person's social security number except with consent.
- Require responsible protection
in the disposal of personal information through the use of effective
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