What is ITPA?
The New Jersey Identity Theft Protection Act (ITPA) protects New Jersey residents from misuse of their personal information. The Act mandates the protection of such information by businesses operating in the state and outlines the appropriate means by which personal information records are to be disposed of or destroyed.
ITPA also limits the use of social security numbers and gives consumers the right to restrict access to their credit histories through a “security freeze,” which requires consumer consent before information is released.
Who is affected by ITPA?
The Act applies to all businesses operating in New Jersey and those maintaining records of personal information of New Jersey residents. The Act requires businesses to “destroy, or arrange the destruction of, a customer’s records within its custody or control containing personal information, which is no longer to be retained… by shredding, erasing, or otherwise modifying the personal information in those records to make it unreadable, undecipherable or non-reconstructable.”
Personal Information is defined as non-public information consisting of an individual’s first name or first initial and last name, in conjunction with one or more of the following:
- a social security number
- a driver’s license number or State identification card number
- a financial account number or credit or debit card number, combined with required access codes or PIN numbers
The Act also requires businesses to disclose any breach of security to any customer whose personal information was, or is reasonably believed to have been, accessed by an unauthorized person. Notification must take place as expediently as possible, without unreasonable delay.
Your Partner in Regulatory Compliance
By purging outdated files or placing one of our locked security consoles in your office, PROSHRED® can assist your company in maintaining a document destruction program that meets ITPA regulations. Using state-of-the-art technology, our highly trained and certified security professionals efficiently shred all documents right on your premises. We give you the option to watch the shredding process, and also provide you with a Certificate of Destruction that records each shred. Trust PROSHRED® as your partner in compliance for maintaining your document security program.
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