|Public Act 093-0739
||LRB093 19712 WGH 45453 b
AN ACT concerning consumer protection.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business
Practices Act is amended by adding Section 2QQ as follows:
(815 ILCS 505/2QQ new)
Use of Social Security numbers.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this Section,
may not do any of the following:
(1) Publicly post or publicly display in any manner an
individual's social security number. As used in this
Section, "publicly post" or "publicly display" means to
intentionally communicate or otherwise make available to
the general public.
(2) Print an individual's social security number on any
required for the individual to access products or
services provided by the person or entity; however, a
person or entity that provides an insurance card must print
on the card an identification number unique to the holder
of the card in the format prescribed by Section 15 of the
Uniform Prescription Drug Information Card Act.
(3) Require an individual to transmit his or her social
security number over the Internet, unless the connection is
secure or the social security number is encrypted.
(4) Require an individual to use his or her social
security number to access an Internet web site, unless a
password or unique personal identification number or other
authentication device is also required to access the
Internet Web site.
(5) Print an individual's social security number on any
materials that are mailed to the individual, unless State
or federal law requires the social security number to be on
the document to be mailed. Notwithstanding any provision in
this Section to the contrary, social security numbers may
be included in applications and forms sent by mail,
including documents sent as part of an application or
enrollment process or to establish, amend, or terminate an
account, contract, or policy or to confirm the accuracy of
the social security number. A social security number that
may permissibly be mailed under this Section may not be
printed, in whole or in part, on a postcard or other mailer
that does not require an envelope or be visible on an
envelope or visible without the envelope having been
(b) A person that used, before July 1, 2005, an
individual's social security
number in a manner inconsistent
with subsection (a) may continue
using that individual's social
security number in the same manner on or
after July 1, 2005 if
all of the following conditions are met:
(1) The use of the social security number is
continuous. If the use is stopped for any reason,
subsection (a) shall apply.
(2) The individual is provided an annual disclosure
that informs the individual that he or she has the right to
stop the use of his or her social security number in a
manner prohibited by subsection (a).
A written request by an individual to stop the use of his
or her social security number in a manner prohibited by
subsection (a) shall be implemented within 30 days of the
receipt of the request. There shall be no fee or charge for
implementing the request. A person shall not deny services to
an individual because the individual makes such a written
(c) This Section does not apply to the collection, use, or
of a social security number as required by State or
federal law or
the use of a social security number for internal
This Section does not
apply to the collection, use, or
release of a social security
number by the State, a subdivision of the State, or an
individual in the employ of the State or a subdivision of the
State in connection with his or her official duties.
(d) This Section does not apply to documents that are
required to be open to the public under State or
federal law, applicable case law, Supreme Court Rule, or the
Constitution of the State of Illinois.
(e) If a federal law takes effect requiring the United
Department of Health and Human Services to establish a
unique patient health identifier program, any person
who complies with the federal law shall be deemed to be in
compliance with this
(f) A person may not encode or embed a social security
number in or on a card or document, including, but not limited
using a bar code, chip, magnetic strip, or other
technology, in place
of removing the social security number as
required by this Section.
(g) Any person who violates this Section commits an
unlawful practice within the meaning of this Act.
This Act takes effect July 1,