Social Security Numbers Identity Theft

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Is it legal to ask for a social security number on an application?

Q. Our current job application asks for the applicant’s SSN. Is that legal? I feel it might not be a good idea with all the high-profile news of identity theft. Originally published in the Utah Legal Law Letter....more

Weekly Privacy Tip#2 – Protecting your (and your employees’ and customers’) Social Security numbers

Social Security numbers are one of the highest risk data elements known to mankind. A Social Security number in combination with a name and date of birth (which are publicly accessible) in the hands of a bad person can...more

Data Breach Decisions Setting A Higher Threshold For Standing For Plaintiffs Do Not Mean Businesses Are Off The Hook

There are only two types of companies left in the United States: those that have been hacked and those that will be hacked. In the last year alone, forty-three percent (43%) of U.S. companies experienced a data breach,...more

Taxpayer Identity Theft

Recently, there has been a spike in felons filing fraudulent income tax returns seeking refunds. The identity thief merely acquires a taxpayer’s name, address and Social Security Number, and files a return with a different...more

Pennsylvania Court Dismisses Data Breach Claims

In 2014, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s computer system was hacked, resulting in the disclosure of sensitive personal information of current and former employees, including names, addresses, birthdates, social...more

IRS Offers Floridians Extra Protection Against Tax-Related Identity Theft

You are most likely aware of the recent news stories about the growing problem of identity theft in the tax area. The identity theft is usually only discovered when a person goes to file their return and discovers that a tax...more

Immigrant Who Used Someone Else’s SSN To Obtain Employment Was Properly Deported To Mexico

Gloria Ibarra-Hernandez, a native and citizen of Mexico, sought review of a final order of removal from the United States after the Board of Immigration Appeals (the “Board”) held that she was ineligible for cancellation of...more

On the Fifth Day of Privacy, California (and Delaware) gave to me

sing it with me now…. Five Golden Rules…….(well, five new privacy laws/requirements) There are five significant new privacy laws/amendments that will be effective as of New Year’s Day — January 1, 2015 — and...more

California Amends Law to Expand Businesses’ Obligations in the Wake of a Data Breach

Entities that own, license or maintain personally identifiable information on California residents beware – on January 1, 2015, an amendment to California’s privacy and breach law goes into effect that may have a significant...more

California Expands Data Breach Law

On September 30, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 1710, a bill which expands California’s existing data breach laws. As we discuss in further detail below, the new laws introduce substantive...more

The Effect of California's New Privacy Laws on Your Company

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on September 30, three amendments to California's privacy laws of which every business must be aware. The amendments to the Civil Code (i) significantly broaden the scope of...more

Breaking Old Ground: California Again Amends Breach Law

Not to be outdone by Florida, California has yet again amended its breach law and again in groundbreaking (yet confusing) fashion. On September 30, 2014, California Governor Brown signed into law a bill (“AB 1710”) that...more

California Privacy Laws Change: Identity Theft Prevention and Mitigation Services

Continuing the trend of changes in state breach notification and related laws, Cal. A.B. 1710 amends California's breach notification, security procedures, and Social Security number (SSN) laws in the wake of significant data...more

California Passes New Data Breach Laws: Requirement to Offer Identity Theft Protection at No Cost, New Duties Imposed on...

California added new provisions to its data breach law on October 1 by signing Bill AB 1710 into law. The amendment to California’s Civil Code (1) requires entities that experience a data breach to provide identity theft...more

The IRS will not flag, identify or otherwise note a SSN that may be subject to identity theft and subsequent tax fraud. Go figure....

Nearly every day there’s another news story about another company suffering a data breach, either as a result of a lost or stolen device or because the company was hacked. Talk to any number of knowledgeable attorneys skilled...more

Employee Identity Theft - Responses and Obligations

You have done all of your work, you have completed the I-9, carefully checked all of the appropriate documents, utilized e-verify, done your background checks and suddenly you have that sinking feeling in the pit of your...more

Immigration Corner: Snapshots of Both Big Picture and Meaningful Small-Scale Developments in the World of Immigration

On November 18, 2013, E-Verify announced an enhancement to combat identity fraud. USCIS can now “lock out” social security numbers that appear to have been used fraudulently. Once locked out, “tentative non-confirmations”...more

New Security Enhancement to E-Verify Meant to Deter Identity Theft May Create Increased Bureaucracy for Employers

On November 18, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the implementation of a new program meant to help combat fraud and identity theft. The new E-Verify safeguard enables USCIS to “lock” a...more

New York Enacts Broad-Reaching Law Limiting the Collection of Social Security Numbers

On December 14, 2012, New York enacted A.8992-A/S.6608-A (the “SSN Privacy Law”) into law to help minimize identity theft. The SSN Privacy Law is broad reaching – it applies not only to businesses operating in New York but...more

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