nuffsaid wrote:I live in California and bought gas today and still had to enter my zip code. Has the law gone into effect yet?
The law went into effect in (I think) 1971. The recent CSC ruling ordered the trial court to establish rules and deadlines for implementation. In other words, in the next few months the court will issue an order requiring all merchants in California to stop asking for information by a certain date. Right now it is illegal as it has been for 40 years, but this is a period of limbo while they figure out how to comply with the law in a reasonable way.
It will be interesting because some credit card companies (like American Express) require the zip code to process a transaction. In theory the California law is not binding on American Express since they are not a California merchant. Merchants in California contract with a bank to process cards. But in the end this will all be worked out.
I would not be surprised if Federal banking regulators step in and make it acceptable under Federal law for security purposes. Then we would be back to teh same old situation.