California Data Breach Notification Law Vetoed

This week the Governor of California vetoed what would have been a landmark law on data breach notification. The law sought to strengthen the notification required when databases of personal information are compromised. California’s existing data breach law, which will continue unamended, requires companies and state government agencies to notify individuals when their personal information has been compromised.

In the Governor's veto message, Governor Schwarzenegger made the point that the law was well-intended, but it imposed additional burdens on businesses without a corresponding consumer benefit, specifically stating:

To the Members of the California State Senate...

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