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44-1373. Restricted use of personal identifying information; civil penalty; definition
A. Except as otherwise specifically provided by law, beginning on January 1, 2005, a person or entity shall not:
1. Intentionally communicate or otherwise make an individual's social security number available to the general public.
2. Print an individual's social security number on any card required for the individual to receive products or services provided by the person or entity.
3. Require the transmission of an individual's social security number over the internet unless the connection is secure or the social security number is encrypted.
4. Require the use of an individual's social security number to access an internet web site, unless a password or unique personal identification number or other authentication device is also required to access the site.
5. Print a number that the person or entity knows to be an individual's social security number on any materials that are mailed to the individual, unless state or federal law requires the social security number to be on the document to be mailed. This paragraph does not prohibit the mailing of documents that include social security numbers sent as part of an application or enrollment process or to establish, amend or terminate an account, contract or policy or to confirm the accuracy of the social security number. In a transaction involving or otherwise relating to an individual, if a person or entity receives a number from a third party, the person or entity has no duty to inquire or otherwise determine if the number is or includes that individual's social security number. The person or entity may print that number on materials that are mailed to the individual, unless the person or entity that received the number has actual knowledge that the number is or includes the individual's social security number. This paragraph does not prohibit the mailing to the individual of any copy or reproduction of a document that includes a social security number if the social security number was included on the original document before January 1, 2005.
B. Notwithstanding subsection A, a person or entity that before January 1, 2005 used an individual's social security number in a manner inconsistent with subsection A may continue using that individual's social security number in that manner on and after January 1, 2005 subject to the following conditions:
1. The use of the social security number must be continuous. If the use is stopped for any reason, subsection A applies.
2. Beginning in 2005, the person or entity must provide the individual with an annual written disclosure of the individual's right to stop the use of the social security number in a manner prohibited by subsection A.
3. If the individual requests in writing, the person or entity must stop using the social security number in a manner prohibited by subsection A within thirty days after receiving the request. No fee or charge is allowed for implementing the request, and the person or entity shall not deny services to the individual because of the request.
C. This section does not prohibit the collection, use or release of a social security number as required by the laws of this state or the United States or for internal verification or administrative purposes.
D. Beginning on January 1, 2005, this state or any political subdivision of this state shall not use an individual's social security number on state issued or political subdivision issued forms of identification.
E. This section does not prohibit an agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state from disseminating or using the last four numbers of an individual's social security number.
F. A government agency shall not transmit to an individual material that contains both an individual's social security number and bank, savings and loan association or credit union account number. This subsection does not prohibit the transmitting of documents that include social security and bank, savings and loan association or credit union account numbers as a part of an application or enrollment process or to establish, amend or terminate an account, contract or policy or to confirm the accuracy of the social security, bank, savings and loan association or credit union account number.
G. Except as otherwise provided by law, documents or records that are recorded and made available on the recording entity's public web site after the effective date of this amendment to this section shall not contain more than five numbers that are reasonably identifiable as being part of an individual's social security number and shall not contain an individual's:
1. Credit card, charge card or debit card numbers.
2. Retirement account numbers.
3. Savings, checking or securities entitlement account numbers.
H. Only the attorney general or a county attorney, or both, may commence a legal action for a violation of this section.
I. A person or entity is subject to a civil penalty of up to five hundred dollars for each act of recording that violates subsection G. The civil penalty shall not apply to a person or entity that transmits the document for recording but has no authority for the creation of the document.
J. A county agency is not subject to civil liability for any action relating to information recorded pursuant to subsection G.
K. For the purposes of this section, "individual" means a resident of this state.