2017 Maryland Code
Commercial Law
Title 14 - Miscellaneous Consumer Protection Provisions
Subtitle 34 - The Social Security Number Privacy Act
§ 14-3402. Display of Social Security number prohibited

  • (a) In general. -- Except as otherwise provided in this subtitle, a person may not:
    • (1) Publicly post or display an individual's Social Security number;
    • (2) Print an individual's Social Security number on a card required for the individual to access products or services provided by the person;
    • (3) Require an individual to transmit the individual's Social Security number over the Internet unless the connection is secure or the individual's Social Security number is encrypted;
    • (4) Initiate the transmission of an individual's Social Security number over the Internet unless the connection is secure or the Social Security number is encrypted;
    • (5) Require an individual to use the individual's Social Security number to access an Internet Web site, unless a password, unique personal identification number, or other authentication device is also required to access the Web site; or
    • (6) Unless required by State or federal law:
      • (i) Print an individual's Social Security number on any material that is mailed to the individual;
      • (ii) Include an individual's Social Security number in any material that is electronically transmitted to the individual, unless the connection is secure or the individual's Social Security number is encrypted; or
      • (iii) Include an individual's Social Security number in any material that is transmitted by facsimile to the individual.
  • (b) Applicability of section. -- This section does not apply to:
    • (1) The collection, release, or use of an individual's Social Security number as required by State or federal law;
    • (2) The inclusion of an individual's Social Security number in an application, form, or document sent by mail, electronically transmitted, or transmitted by facsimile:
      • (i) As part of an application or enrollment process;
      • (ii) To establish, amend, or terminate an account, contract, or policy; or
      • (iii) To confirm the accuracy of the individual's Social Security number;
    • (3) The use of an individual's Social Security number for internal verification or administrative purposes; or
    • (4) An interactive computer service provider's or a telecommunications provider's transmission or routing of, or intermediate temporary storage or caching of, an individual's Social Security number.
  • (c) Exceptions. -- This section does not impose a duty on an interactive computer service provider or a telecommunications provider actively to monitor its service or affirmatively to seek evidence of the transmission of Social Security numbers on its service.
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