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Compilation of State and Federal Privacy Laws

The 2018 Supplement to the original 2013 book has just been just published. It shows more than 50 state privacy laws added to the compilation in the past year.

Price of the Supplement alone is $34 for the hard copy or $34 for the pdf version by email.

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This 80-page reference book has been updated and published in a 2013 edition with 2015 Supplement, describing more than 750 state and federal laws on privacy and surveillance. A description and a legal citation is provided for each law. The laws are grouped by category, then listed alphabetically by state. See the list of categories below.

The book is "strongly recommended for all public libraries and law school libraries" by LIBRARY JOURNAL.

The book (ISBN 0-930072-56-8) sells for $45 for the hard copy with the supplement included, and $40 for the pdf electronic version. Order now.

The book includes scores of new laws on identity theft, medical records, "credit freezes," more than 40 laws on "security-breach notifications," spam, gathering telephone-calling records by pretext, use of RFID technology, employers' use of social-media passwords and content, employers' use of credit reports, and use of Social Security numbers. There's a section on new laws regulating "Tracking Technologies." And in 2018 a new section on "Internet Services," describing new laws in a handful of state requiring web sites to post privacy policies and more than 20 state laws prohibiting "phishing."

The 2013 book and 2018 Supplement replace and incorporate all previous editions and supplements.

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Contents, followed by sample entries


Arrest and Conviction Records (including 'Ban-the-Box')
Bank and Financial Records
Cable Television
Computer Crime (including 'Security-Breach Notifications')
Credit Reporting and Investigations (including ‘Credit Repair,’
‘Credit Clinics,’ Check-Cashing, 'Credit Freezes,' and Credit Cards)
Criminal Justice Information Systems
Electronic Surveillance (including Wiretapping, Telephone Monitoring, and Video Cameras)
Employment Records (including Access to Passwords)
Government Information on Individuals
Identity Theft
Insurance Records (including use of Genetic Information)
Library Records
Mailing Lists (including Video Rentals and ‘Spam’)
Medical Records (including HIV Testing)
Miscellaneous (including Non-Electronic Visual Surveillance
and Breast-Feeding)
Polygraphing in Employment (including Honesty Tests)
Privacy Statutes/​State Constitutions
(including the Right to Publicity)
Privileged Communications
Social Security Numbers
Students Information (including Access to Passwords)
Tax Records
Telephone Services (including Telephone Solicitation and Caller ID)
Testing in Employment (including Urinalysis, Genetic, and Blood Tests)
Tracking Technologies (including Drones and RFID)

Appendix – Canadian Federal and Provincial Laws

Sample entries from the chapter on Tracking Technologies:

Maine – The state restricts access to event-data recorders in automobiles. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. title 29-A, sec. 1.

Missouri – “No employer shall require an employee to have [subcutaneous or surgically implanted] personal identification microchip technology implanted into an employee for any reason.” This is a misdemeanor. Mo. Rev. Stat. sec. 285.035. 1.

Nevada – “Black box” recorders may not be in-stalled in automobiles without consent of the owner or lessee. Nev. Rev. Stat. sec. 484.638.

New Hampshire – A manufacturer must disclose the presence of an event-data recorder in a new automobile. N. H. Rev. Stat. ann. sec. 357-G:1.

New York – In 2005 the state was the second to enact restrictions on information in auto event-data recorders. N.Y. Veh. & Traffic Law. tit. 4A16, sec. 416-B.
North Dakota – Manufacturers must notify buyers of the presence of an event-recording device in an auto. The data may be used only for service or improving safety. N.D. Cent. Code sec. 51-07.28.

From the chapter on Social Security Numbers:

Ohio – Driver’s licenses may not display SSN. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. sec. 4501.31.

Oklahoma – Employers may not display or disclose SSNs. Okla. Stat. tit. 40, sec. 173.1.
A driver may not request that DMV use the SSN as license number, and upon renewal, any SSN as a license number must be changed. Sec. 6-106.

Oregon – There are restrictions on businesses and government disclosing Social Security numbers, similar to those in Michigan. Or. Rev. Stat. 646A.620.

Pennsylvania – A SSN may not appear on the license. Pa. Stat. Ann. title 75, sec. 1510.

Rhode Island – Entities may not disclose individuals’ SSNs. R.I. Gen. Laws 6-48-8.
The law on merchants gathering SSNs now says “all or part” of an SSN. Gen. Laws 6-13, 15, and 19.

South Carolina –Display and disclosure of SSNs is prohibited in the identity-theft law, with exceptions. S.C. 37-20-180, 37-20-310, 320.

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