Connecticut Privacy laws & HR compliance analysis

Connecticut Privacy: What you need to know

Connecticut recognizes all four categories of common-law invasion of privacy:
• Unreasonable intrusion upon the seclusion of another;
• Appropriation of the other’s name or likeness;
• Unreasonable publicity given to the other’s private life; and
• Publicity that unreasonably places the other in a false light before the public (Goodrich v. Waterbury Republican-American, Inc., 448 A.2d 1317 (Conn. 1982)).
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Social Security numbers (SSNs). All individuals and entities, except government entities, are prohibited from:
• Publicly posting or displaying an individual’s SSN in any manner;
• Printing an individual’s SSN on any card required to receive products or services;
• Requiring an individual to transmit his or her SSN over the Internet unless the number is encrypted or the connection is secure; or
• Requiring the use of an SSN to access an Internet website unless a password or other security device is used (Conn. Gen. Stat. § 42-470).
Connecticut law also requires those in possession of SSNs and other personal information to take certain steps to ensure the privacy of the information (Conn. Gen. Stat. § 42-471). Any person who collects SSNs in the course of business must develop a privacy protection policy. The policy must protect the confidentiality of SSNs, prohibit unlawful disclosure of SSNs, and limit access to SSNs. The policy must be published or publicly displayed. "Publicly displayed" includes, but is not limited to, posting on an Internet Web page.
Also, any person possessing personal information of another is required to safeguard the data, computer files, and documents containing the information from misuse by third parties. Before disposal of the data, ...

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