Saying that it would have impeded communication between consumers and their insurers, Maryland’s Gov. Bob Ehrlich has vetoed a bill that was drafted to combat identity theft by protecting social security numbers.

Senate Bill 117 would have prohibited anyone other than a unit of state or local government from posting or displaying social security numbers. It also banned printing social security numbers on cards required for products or services, and requiring transmission of social security number over the Internet without a secure connection and encryption protection.

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