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  • NJ S1913
  • "Personal Information and Privacy Protection Act"; restricts collection and use of personal information by retail establishments for certain purposes.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes the "Personal Information and Privacy Protection Act" (PIPPA). The bill places restrictions on the way retail establishments may collect and use the personal information contained in the electronic data embedded in identification cards, such as driver's licenses. Businesses commonly engage in the practice of "scanning" the barcodes on identification cards for purposes of verifying the authenticity of the card, verifying a consumer's age and identity, and preventing fraudulent merchandise return practices. Current identity theft law only provides that a consumer and the State Police must be notified in the case of a security breach related to a computerized record of personal information. This bill sets forth the purposes for which identification cards may be scanned by retail establishments and describes the information that may be gathered by scanning. Under the bill, a retail establishment may scan a person's identification card only for the following purposes: (1) to verify the authenticity of the card or to verify the age or identity of the person in certain circumstances; (2) to prevent fraud or other criminal activity, in the case of merchandise return or exchange, via a fraud prevention service company or system; (3) to establish or maintain a contractual relationship. (4) to record, retain, or transmit information as required by State or federal law; (5) to transmit information to a consumer reporting agency, financial institution, or debt collector to be used as permitted by federal law; or (6) to record, retain, or transmit information by a covered entity governed by medical privacy and security rules established pursuant to federal law. Information that may be collected is limited to the person's name, address, date of birth, and identification card number. The bill also specifies that any information collected, which is permitted to be retained by a retail establishment, must be securely stored and any security breach of the information must be reported to any affected person and the State Police in compliance with current law. A violation of the bill's provisions will result in a civil penalty of $2,500 for a first offense and $5,000 for any subsequent offense. Additionally, the bill provides that any person aggrieved by a violation may bring an action in Superior Court to recover damages.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, 2nd Reading in the Senate to Concur with Assembly Amendments, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Community and Urban Affairs, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses
Approved P.L.2017, c.124.  (on 7/21/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
7/21/2017 S Approved P.L.2017, c.124.
6/29/2017 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (35-0)
6/22/2017 S Received in the Senate, 2nd Reading on Concurrence
6/22/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (75-0-0)
6/22/2017 A Substituted for A2794 (2R)
6/8/2017 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (Jones)
5/11/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
5/11/2017 Assembly Consumer Affairs Hearing (19:00 5/11/2017 The committee will take testimony from invited guests regarding )
9/15/2016 A Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee
9/15/2016 S Passed by the Senate (32-0)
6/16/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
6/16/2016 Senate Community and Urban Affairs Hearing (11:00 6/16/2016 Committee Room 1, 1st Floor)
3/10/2016 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/29/2017 Senate Floor: Amend 35 0 5
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 75 0 5
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A2794 Aca (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 5/11/2017 Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 0
Detail 9/15/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 32 0 8
Detail 6/16/2016 Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee: Reported with Amendments 5 0 0