moved for leave to introduce Bill C-335, an act respecting the use of social insurance numbers.
Mr. Speaker, I stand today to introduce a private member's bill entitled an act respecting social insurance numbers.
In introducing this bill, I would like members of the House to note the federal government has never placed controls on the use of the social insurance numbers by other levels of government or by the private sector. The private sector may currently deny a service to an individual who refuses to divulge his or her social insurance number.
This bill would require other levels of government and the private sector to state exactly why this information is needed and will give an individual an opportunity to refuse to divulge his or her social insurance number unless required by federal statute to do so.
The bill would also impose penalties on groups, individuals, agencies or businesses which divulge another person's social insurance number without that person's consent.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)