TEXAS SHREDDING BILL

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An act relating to the disposal of certain business records that contain personal identifying information; providing a civil penalty. Personal identifying information is defined as: An individual’s first name or initial and last name and one or more of the following:

  • Date of birth
  • Social security number
  • Government issued identification number
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Unique biometric data (fingerprint, retina image, voice print)
  • Unique electronic identification number, address, or routing code telecommunication access device (debit and credit card information) financial institution account number

A business that does not comply in the manner required is liable for a civil penalty for up to $500 for each document. This Act took effect September 1, 2005 Applies to the disposal of business records without regard to whether the records were created before, on, or after the effective date.

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