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Dyson’s Social Security Privacy bill passes Senate

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Posted on March 12, 2004:

Senator Dyson A bill sponsored by Senator Roy Dyson and overwhelmingly supported by consumer and privacy rights advocates passed the Senate today. It now moves to the House of Delegates.

Senator Dyson’s legislation, Senate Bill 117 prohibits a person from publicly posting or displaying an individual's Social Security number under most circumstances, or from printing an individual's Social Security number on specified cards under most circumstances.

“Social Security numbers are vital to every American and they should not be exposed for the public’s consumption,” Senator Dyson said. “Social Security numbers are being used every day by people committing identity theft. Identity theft is literally ruining people’s lives. It is a major problem and this bill goes a long way towards addressing that situation.”

Senator Dyson introduced the privacy bill after his yearly meeting with the Margaret Brent Business and Professional Women (BPW) where he was presented information from BPW member Mary Novotny regarding the problem of identity theft.

“I had heard about identity theft before,” Senator Dyson said. “However, the information that was provided to me made me realize that this is a major problem. All types of people are being victimized every day from young people getting their first credit cards to the elderly. This affects every citizen in not just Maryland, but in this country.

“I was asked by Ms. Novotny to introduce this bill and my response was, absolutely.”

Senator Dyson advises those who may be victims of identity theft to do the following:

1. Shred sensitive papers such as credit card receipts, pre-approved credit card offers and checks before you throw them away.

2. Guard your social security number. Don’t carry your card with you or give it to strangers. Do not put your social security number on checks or any other documents unless necessary.

3. Carry as little as possible with you.

4. Check your credit record once a year through one or all of the three major credit reporting companies: TransUnion (800) 888-4213. Experian (888) EXPERIAN or Equifax at (800) 685-1111.

For more information on identity theft, call the Identity Theft Resource Center at (858) 693-7935 e-mail them at voices123@sbcglobal.net or access their website: www.idtheftcenter.org.

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