Connecticut passed a law that appears to go into effect on
October 1, 2008. The first portion of the law requires any person
who possesses personal information of another person to safeguard
the data, computer files and documents containing the information
from misuse by third parties, and destroy, erase or make unreadable
such data, computer files and documents prior to disposal. Under
this law, "personal information" means information
capable of being associated with a particular individual through
one or more identifiers, including, but not limited to, a Social
Security number, a driver's license number, a state
identification card number, an account number, a credit or debit
card number, a passport number, an alien registration number or a
health insurance identification number, and does not include
publicly available information that is lawfully made available to
the general public from federal, state or local government records
or widely distributed media.
Connecticut also amended its Social Security number law and now
requires any person who collects Social Security numbers in the
course of business shall create a privacy protection policy that
must be published or publicly displayed in some form including, but
not limited to, posting on an Internet Web page. The policy must
protect the confidentiality of Social Security numbers, prohibit
unlawful disclosure of Social Security numbers, and limit access to
Social Security numbers. Civil remedies do exist, though there
appear to be limits on private rights of actions for certain
businesses that hold licenses, registrations, or certificates from
a state agency other than the Department of Consumer
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