Privacy Act of 2005

Discussion in 'Freedom and Liberty' started by melbo, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I'd donate to a PAC that supports this
  2. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    S. 116

    Good for you, Melbo! In this day and age of information sharing without our knowledge, this is an important one! Here's the details for those of you who aren't familiar with it:

    The Privacy Act of 2005

    As-of 8/22: Latest Major Action: 1/24/2005 Referred to Senate committee.
    Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

    Title: A bill to require the consent of an individual prior to the sale and marketing of such individual's personally identifiable information, and for other purposes

    Prohibits the sale and disclosure of personally identifiable information by a commercial entity to a non-affiliated third party unless prescribed procedures for notice and opportunity to restrict such disclosure have been followed. Grants the Federal Trade Commission enforcement authority.

    Amends Federal criminal law to prohibit the display, sale, or purchase of social security numbers (SSNs) without the affirmatively expressed consent of the individual. Exempts certain public records containing SSNs from such prohibition, but extends it to the display, sale, or purchase of SSNs within specified public records.

    Amends Title II (Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance) of the Social Security Act to prohibit the use of SSNs on: (1) checks issued for payment by governmental agencies; and (2) driver's licenses or motor vehicle registrations. Prohibits a commercial entity from requiring disclosure of an individual's SSN in order to obtain goods or services. Establishes criminal and civil monetary penalties for misuse of an SSN.

    Amends the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to make conforming limitations upon financial industry sale and sharing of non-public personal financial information. Sets forth prohibitions against the selling or marketing of protected health information by specified entities.

    Amends the Driver's Privacy Protection Act relating to proscriptions against release and use of certain personal information from State motor vehicle records to expand the definition of such personal information, and to include highly restricted personal information (such as an individual's photograph or any physical copy of a driver's license) among such proscriptions.

    Empowers State Attorneys General to enforce this Act.
    Establishes Federal injunctive authority regarding any violation of this Act.
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