Protecting Members' Social Security Numbers
The Illinois Identity Protection Act regulates the use of Social Security numbers by units of local government. In general, the law does the following regarding Social Security numbers:
- Regulates their collection
- Prohibits their use as passwords or otherwise to access a website
- Prohibits their use on a card or document, even if encoded or hidden on a magnetic strip or other technology
- Requires they be redacted from any documents disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act
- Requires adoption of a policy regarding identity protection
Because of IMRF's existing data security program, (including the switch to member identification numbers), IMRF’s security for Social Security numbers already met or exceeded the requirements of the Illinois Identity Protection Act.
The only change to IMRF's current program is the adoption of a formal Identity Protection Policy and the addition of this Policy to our compliance-training program.
Read IMRF's Identity Protection Policy.
Read IMRF's Statement of Purpose for Collection of Social Security Numbers.