Prohibits the use of social security numbers by an organization or governmental agency for identification purposes of individuals, including: publicly posting or displaying an individual's social security number; printing the social security number on any card required to access products or services; requiring the social security number to assess a website; and printing an individual's number on any printed materials mailed to such individual; defines terms.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the civil rights law, in relation to prohibiting the use of social security numbers from being used as identification for individuals
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Prohibits the use of social security numbers for identification purposes.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. Amends the Civil Rights Law by adding a new section 50-f. Prohibits the use of social security numbers by any organization or governmental agency as a form of identification for any purpose including publicly posting or displaying an individual's social security number, printing the social security number on any card required to access products or services, requiring the social security number to access a website, and printing an individual's number on any printed materials mailed to the individual.
Section 2 - Effective Date
EXISTING LAW: None.
JUSTIFICATION: This legislation is a response to the federal Welfare Reform Act approved by Congress in 1997, specifically the elimination of driver's licenses of all New York immigrants unable to prove that they have legal authority to be in the United States. For the thousands of immigrants who received licenses before a social security card was required, the loss of a license will cause a loss of livelihood. Immigration status mayor may not impact whether or not someone is a safe driver. This is a public safety issue since forcing immigrants to produce a social security number in order to receive a license who are unable to do so, may have the unintended effect of putting unlicensed, uninsured motorists on the roads. This legislation will hopefully encourage immigrants to obtain driver's licenses legally, instead of choosing to operate a motor vehicle without a license.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.304 - Referred to Consumer Protection/A.2830 - Referred to Governmental Operations 2011: S.304- Discharged from Codes and Committed to Consumer Protection/A.2830 Referred to Governmental Operations 2009-10: S.2180 - Referred to Codes/A.308 - Enacting Clause Stricken/A.10563 - Referred to Governmental Operations 2007-08: A.1683 - Referred to Governmental Operations 2006: S.7163 - Referred to Codes/A.3910 - Referred to Governmental Operations 2005: A.3910 - Referred to Governmental Operations
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect 180 days after it shall become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 264 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. DIAZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes AN ACT to amend the civil rights law, in relation to prohibiting the use of social security numbers from being used as identification for indi- viduals THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The civil rights law is amended by adding a new section 50-f to read as follows: S 50-F. PROHIBITION ON THE USE OF SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS AS IDENTIFI- CATION. 1. NO ORGANIZATION OR GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY SHALL USE AN INDIVID- UAL'S SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER IN ANY MANNER FOR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES, INCLUDING: (A) PUBLICLY POSTING OR PUBLICLY DISPLAYING IN ANY MANNER AN INDIVID- UAL'S SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER; (B) PRINTING AN INDIVIDUAL'S SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER ON ANY CARD REQUIRED FOR THE INDIVIDUAL TO ACCESS PRODUCTS OR SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE ORGANIZATION OR AGENCY; (C) REQUIRING AN INDIVIDUAL TO USE OR TRANSMIT HIS OR HER SOCIAL SECU- RITY NUMBER TO ACCESS AN INTERNET WEB SITE; AND (D) PRINTING AN INDIVIDUAL'S SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER ON ANY MATERIALS THAT ARE MAILED TO THE INDIVIDUAL, UNLESS STATE OR FEDERAL LAW OTHERWISE REQUIRES THE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER TO BE ON THE DOCUMENT TO BE MAILED. 2. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION: (A) "GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY" MEANS ANY AGENCY OR UNIT OF THE STATE AND ANY POLITICAL SUBDIVISION THEREOF. (B) "ORGANIZATION" SHALL MEAN ANY NATURAL PERSON, CORPORATION, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, TRUST, UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATION, NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, PARTNERSHIP, AFFILIATE OR ANY OTHER COMMERCIAL ENTITY LOCATED OR DOING BUSINESS IN THE STATE.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00512-01-3 S. 264 2
(C) "PUBLICLY POSTING" OR "PUBLICLY DISPLAYING" MEANS TO INTENTIONALLY COMMUNICATE OR OTHERWISE MAKE AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.