According to the Hawaii Reporter, Gov. Linda Lingle has signed SB3092, Relating to Social Security Number. The new law “[m]andates that only the last four digits of an individual’s social security number shall be listed on judgments, orders, or decrees endorsed and recorded in the bureau of conveyances or land court.” The measure is designed to protect individuals against identity theft, as criminals often search through publicly available court records for sensitive personal information, such as Social Security Numbers.
Including this personal data in court records is also problematic because commercial databrokers, such as ChoicePoint and LexisNexis, build massive profiles (which have included false data) on individuals, including their credit and work histories. Such files can be used for criminal purposes. For example, in February 2005, Choicepoint sold the records of at least 145,000 Americans to a criminal ring engaged in identity theft.