Several U.S. states have recently introduced and passed legislation to expand data breach notification rules and to mirror some of the protections provided by Europe’s newly enacted General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). See our previous blog posts on GDPR here and here. Like their European counterparts, these state laws are intended to provide consumers with greater transparency and control over their personal data. The California and Vermont laws, in particular, go beyond breach notification and require companies to make significant changes in their data processing operations. See our earlier post on the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) here.… Continue Reading
On Thursday, April 26, 2018, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a data breach protection bill that strengthens consumer protections after security breaches involving consumer credit reporting agencies. If passed, the proposed legislation would amend Massachusetts’s current breach notification law. The bill aims to help consumers protect their sensitive information before, during, and after a data breach.… Continue Reading
Earlier this month, Delaware revamped its data breach notification law, with changes to go into effect April 14, 2018. Most notably, the new law requires any entity that has suffered a data breach that includes social security numbers to provide free credit monitoring services to affected residents for one year. The entity must provide all information necessary for the resident to enroll in such services as well as instructions for how to implement a credit freeze. This makes Delaware the second state to require credit monitoring services be provided to residents at no cost following a breach. (Connecticut has a … Continue Reading
The Australian Federal Parliament commenced sitting on August 30, 2016, and the long-proposed mandatory data breach notification legislation is again on the newly-elected Coalition Government’s agenda. Currently, the Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) does not require an organisation or agency to notify an individual of a data breach involving their personal information, but this looks likely to change soon.… Continue Reading
Two states, Tennessee and Nebraska, have recently enacted changes to their data breach notification laws that will go into effect in July. Here’s what you need to know about each:… Continue Reading
This month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law five new privacy bills that the Governor said are intended to strengthen data protections for the state’s residents. The laws, effective as of January 1, 2016, implement California’s Electronic Communications Privacy Act and amend the state’s breach notification statute, among other things.
In this post, our Data Protection, Privacy & Cybersecurity team members discuss these new laws and what they mean for companies.… Continue Reading
A more robust data breach notification law looks to make its way onto the books in the state of Washington as newly passed legislation was sent to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk earlier this week for final approval. House Bill 1078, which has now passed both legislative houses by unanimous vote, if ultimately signed by the Governor, will bring about several notable changes to Washington State’s breach notification law, if and when it is signed into law.