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Cyber Security — Part 3: California Takes Actions to Protect Consumers

Posted By PIA Western Alliance, Tuesday, October 7, 2014

California Assemblyman, Roger Dickinson

California Assemblyman, Roger Dickinson

 

The California Legislature thinks companies that have data breaches are duty bound to do the right thing by the people whose information is compromised. So does California Governor Jerry Brown. Last week he signed a bill into law that requires companies suffering a cyber security breach like Home Depot, JPMorgan Chase, Target and others to provide credit monitoring services for those whose information is compromised.

They will be required to do so for at least 12-months after an attack.

Those maintaining personal information and who own and license information are under this law. The Legislature also took another step. It says it is illegal to sell Social Security numbers except when it is part of a legitimate business transaction.

The bill was sponsored by Sacramento Democrat Assemblyman Roger Dickinson. He said, Recent breaches emphasized the need for stronger consumer protections and awareness. The retailers affected by the recent mega data breaches are not the first nor will they be the last. AB 1710 will increase consumer privacy, ensure appropriate fraud and identity theft protection, and safeguard against the exploitation of personal information.

 

Source: Business Insurance

Tags:  California Takes Actions to Protect Consumers  Cyber Breach  Cyber Security  Weekly Industry News 

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