Rep. Dan Griffey’s bill to safeguard privacy of process servers unanimously passes House

House Bill 1962, which would prohibit county auditors from displaying or releasing Social Security numbers collected when registering process servers, unanimously passed the state House of Representatives March 11.

Under current law, county auditors are required to develop a process server registration protocol, using a form for the purpose of identifying and locating the registered process server. The form must include the process server's name, birthdate, and Social Security number, as well as their business name, business address, and business telephone number.

Rep. Dan Griffey, R-Allyn, sponsored the bill after hearing that some counties have delivered process servers' Social Security numbers through public information requests.

“There is no compelling reason for disclosing the Social Security numbers of process servers,” said Griffey. “This bill seeks to protect their privacy and safeguard them from identity theft, which is a long overdue reform.”

The bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

 

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