FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05/10/2013
Rep. Farrar Passes HB 3750 to Engrossment
HB 3750 requires the destruction of data on copiers prior to their disposal.
AUSTIN, TX — Today, HB 3750, which requires the destruction of data on copiers prior to the disposal of those copiers if that data contains personal identifying information or financial information, was passed to engrossment.
This bill seeks to protect people's privacy. Many copy machines store images and documents that may contain personal identifying information and financial information, including social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, check copies, and credit card information, among other sensitive documents. This bill will protect individuals who may not realize that their personal and financial documents are at risk of identity theft long after making copies or faxing documents.
To raise awareness of this issue and the new law, the comptroller's office will be required to at least annually include in its e-newsletter a notification of the requirement to destroy the records. If a business does not destroy or delete existing records stored on the machine, the business will be subject to a civil penalty up to $1,000 for each violation. However, if a company leases its machine from a third party, that third party will be responsible for destroying the records.
"Many people are unaware of this potential privacy breach," stated Rep. Farrar. "I am seeking to protect personal information to reduce the risk of identity theft."
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