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Easley Signs New Privacy Act

Posted August 10, 2001 6:00 a.m. EDT

— A new privacy act that limits sharing of insurance and banking information has been signed into law.

Governor Mike Easley says consumers have a right to know if a business they use is making money at the expense of their privacy.

Under the law, insurance companies or agents can't share their customers bank account or credit card numbers with other businesses for marketing purposes.

The law also bans disclosure of medical records for marketing unless the patient gives permission.

The law requires annual notices to consumers that spell out the types of personal information the companies have on file.

Easley signed the law Thursday.