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Use of Social Security Numbers Further Restricted

January 2011

On December 18, 2010, President Obama signed the Social Security Number Protection Act of 2010 (S.3789).  The new statute amends the Social Security Act to provide that no "Federal, State or local agency may display the Social Security account number of any individual, or any derivative of such number, on any check issued for payment."  This prohibition applies to checks issued beginning three years following the enactment date.

The law also prohibits federal, state and local agencies from employing, or contracting to employ, prisoners "in any capacity that would allow such prisoners access to the Social Security account numbers of other individuals."  This prohibition becomes effective one year following the December 18, 2010 enactment date.