The California legislature passed an important breach notification bill authored by state Senator Joe Simitian this week, but will Governor Schwarzenegger veto this bill too, as he did the last time around in its previous incarnation?
Senate Bill 1166 would mandate certain information about the breach be included in any notification. In a press release issued yesterday, Senator Simitian said that such information would include:
- A general description of the incident;
- The type of information breached;
- The date and time of the breach; and,
- A toll-free telephone number of major credit reporting agencies for security breach notices in California.
The law also requires public agencies, businesses and people subject to California’s security breach notification law to send an electronic copy of the breach notification to the Attorney General if more than 500 Californians are affected by a single breach.
“This new measure makes modest but helpful changes to the law. It will also give law enforcement the ability to see the big picture and a better understanding of the patterns and practices developing in connection with identity theft,” said Simitian.
SB 1166 is the same bill that the Governor vetoed last year. Let’s hope that the Governor has gotten his act together a bit more on consumer protection and signs off on it.