California Amendment Mandates A.G. Notification For Major Data Breaches

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California has amended its security breach notification law to expand the notification requirements for security breaches relating to consumer personal information. The changes, which take effect January 1, 2012, require businesses that suffer a data breach affecting more than 500 California residents to provide notice to the California Attorney General's office.

Senate Bill 24, which amends California Civil Code sections 1798.29 and 1798.82, is designed to enhance California's existing data breach notification requirements so that consumers have additional information to protect themselves against identity theft. The modified law also ensures that the state's top enforcement agency can review the circumstances and potentially take action against the business that experienced the security breach.

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