New Connecticut Privacy Law Imposes Up to $500,000 in Civil Penalties for Misuse of Personal Information


Privacy Update, June 19, 2008

Effective October 1, 2008, Connecticut’s new Act on the Confidentiality of Social Security Numbers (the “Act”)

[1] will impose substantial new obligations on businesses that collect Social Security numbers (“SSNs”) and

other personal information—and substantial new penalties for privacy violations. The Act is not expressly

limited to businesses located in Connecticut or the personal information of Connecticut residents, which

creates uncertainty about how broadly its requirements will be applied by Connecticut courts. Companies doing business in Connecticut or collecting personal information from individuals in Connecticut should evaluate their potential obligations under these laws, as well as the growing number of similar laws developing in other states.

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