Magazine article Security Management

Minnesota

Magazine article Security Management

Minnesota

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IDENTITY THEFT. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has offered several proposals designed to combat identity theft in the state. The proposals are currently under review by state agencies. They will subsequently be introduced in the Minnesota Legislature.

One proposal would make driver's license and motor vehicle records accessible only in cases of public health and safety. In all other instances, state motor vehicle agencies would be required to keep such information private. The proposals would also prohibit the marketing or resale of such data and require random audits by state officials.

Another proposal would make it illegal to sell, obtain, disclose, or receive an individual's telephone records without the permission of the individual. It would also establish security standards for telecom companies and would require that those companies report any data breaches.

Limiting the use of Social Security numbers (SSNs) as identifiers is also on the governor's agenda. In addition to prohibiting the sale or disclosure of an individual's SSN, the proposal would prohibit businesses from using an SSN as a person's identifier within that business. …

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