Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Apparently Gov. Patterson agrees

It would appear that NY governor David Patterson and the NYS senate agree with my sentiments that we can do better to protect the individuals affected by Identity Theft. This article discusses the amendments to the New York State Data Breach Notification Law. The amendment can be found here. Among the changes...

Only the last 4 digits of SSN can be stored/used by employers when access is 'open'. I'm not quite sure what they mean by this.
skimmer devices have been outlawed.
Affected individuals can now contact the Consumer Protection Board which will help people undo the damage caused by ID theft.
Affected individuals are now entitled to restitution for time spent clearing up any damages caused by the theft.

This is precisely what we need. I'd like to see even more of this, and definitely more accountability.