S.1199 - Protecting the Privacy of Social Security Numbers Act112th Congress (2011-2012)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] (Introduced 06/15/2011)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||06/15/2011 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.1199 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (06/15/2011)
Protecting the Privacy of Social Security Numbers Act - Amends the federal criminal code to prohibit the display, sale, or purchase of Social Security numbers without the affirmatively expressed consent of the individual, except in specified circumstances. Directs the Attorney General to study all the uses of Social Security numbers permitted, required, authorized, or excepted under any federal law, including the impact of such uses on privacy and data security.
Establishes a public records exception to the prohibition. Directs the Comptroller General to study Social Security numbers in public records. Grants the Attorney General rulemaking authority to enforce this Act's prohibition and to implement and clarify the permitted uses occurring as a result of an interaction between businesses, governments, or business and government.
Prohibits a commercial entity from requiring an individual to provide a Social Security number when purchasing a commercial good or service or denying an individual the good or service for refusing to provide that number, with exceptions. Establishes civil and criminal penalties.
Extends civil monetary penalties for misuse of a Social Security number.
Authorizes: (1) criminal penalties under SSA title II for the misuse of a Social Security number, (2) civil actions and civil penalties against persons who violate this Act, and (3) federal injunctive authority with respect to any violation by a public entity.