Oklahoma Privacy laws & HR compliance analysis

Oklahoma Privacy: What you need to know

Common law. Oklahoma recognizes all four common-law invasion of privacy claims:
• Intrusion on solitude or seclusion;
• Public disclosure of private facts (e.g., unreasonable publicity given to one's private life);
• False light privacy (e.g., publicity that normally places the other in a false light before the public); and
• Appropriation of one's name or likeness (McCormack v. Oklahoma Publ. Co., 613 P.2d 737 (Okla. 1980)).
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Social Security numbers (SSNs). Employers in Oklahoma are prohibited from:
• Publicly posting or displaying an employee's SSN;
• Printing the SSN of an employee on any card required for the employee to access information, products, or services provided by the employer;
• Requiring an employee to transmit his or her SSN over the Internet, unless the connection is secure or the SSN is encrypted;
• Requiring employees to use their SSN to access an Internet website, unless a password or unique personal identification number or other authentication device is also required to access the Internet website; or
• Printing the SSN of an employee on any materials that are mailed to the employee, unless state or federal law requires that the SSN be on the document to be mailed (Okla. Stat. 40, § 173.1).
Note: SSNs 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 SSN.
The law governing privacy of SSNs does not apply to the state or any political subdivision of the state and will not prevent the collection, use, or release of an SSN as otherwise required by state or federal law or the use of ...

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