ALASKA PERSONAL INFO. PROTECTION
ACT SOON TO TAKE EFFECT
June 19, 2009
Long sought-after consumer protection legislation will take effect
Thursday, July 1. The Alaska Personal Information Protection
Act, passed by the 25th Alaska Legislature in April of 2008 and
signed into law that June, offers Alaskans comprehensive protections
and easy-to-understand steps to follow should their personal
information be accidentally breached or stolen.
House Rules Committee Chair John Coghill, R-North Pole, wrote
and sponsored the law along with Senator Gene Therriault, R-North
Pole, and Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, and worked closely with
former Sen. Gretchen Guess, D-Anchorage, to gain passage over
the past three-plus years.
"We tried for more than three years to find that balance
between providing strong consumer protection measures while not
constricting business and government transactions involving personal
information," Coghill said. "We crafted clear rules
and guidelines for all parties in the event of a breach or theft.
Starting July 1 Alaskans will have cause for greater comfort
that their social security numbers, lines of credit, credit scores,
and other personal information is safe and well-protected."
"Our privacy is valuable, but it shouldn't be for sale,"
Gara said. "This bill protects Alaskans from identity theft
and credit theft, and it strengthens our consumer protection
"Protection of Alaskans' personal information has been a
high priority for both me and Rep. Coghill," Therriault
said. "The Federal Trade Commission reports that there were
490 reported cases of identity theft or fraud in Alaska in 2008,
so I am very pleased that we will now have tools in place to
help Alaskan's protect their own information. To continue work
in the area of protecting Alaskans I have introduced legislation,
Senate Bill 36, based on an Audit Report that I requested on
the security of information in state government that will strengthen
protection of citizens' personal and private information collected
by the state and further safeguard that information from threats
of identity theft."
Important provisions of the new law include:
Notification of Security
businesses and government entities that collect your personal
data, to notify you if your information is acquired without authorization
and it is determined that identity theft may result.
Freeze Access To Your Credit Report. Enables you to choose
to protect against identity theft by freezing access to your
Protecting Social Security Numbers. Limits businesses
and government from intentionally communicating your Social Security
Number unless authorized by local, state, or federal law.
Disposal of Records. Business and government must take all
reasonable measures to protect your personal information by developing
policies and procedures for destruction of their records containing
your personal information.
Factual Declaration of Innocence after ID Theft. Allows
you as a victim of identity theft to petition the court and file
a police report to declare your innocence. It allows the state
to create a database of claims of identify theft and establish
a toll-free phone number for reporting.
Credit Card Numbers. Businesses and government may not print
more than the last four digits of your credit card or the expiration
date on receipts.
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