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New Jersey Now has Destruction Language

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About two weeks ago, after the publication of the last NAIDDirect™, New Jersey Governor Richard J. Codey signed the New Jersey Identity Theft Prevention Act into law, joining the growing list of states that are adding destruction requirements to their strategy for containing this growing crime epidemic.

There is one important question that remains for this new generation of legislation. That question is whether or not a release of personal information caused by casual disposal will constitute a breach requiring notification of consumers. Notifying consumers in the event of breaches is one of the most feared burdens contained in these laws and they may end up being a greater motivational force than the financial penalties.

The effective date of the New Jersey destruction requirement is January 1, 2006.