September 10, 2013 > Data breaches compromise personal information
Data breaches compromise personal information
Submitted By The Office of the state Attorney General
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris released the first report, on July 1, 2013, detailing the 131 data breaches reported to her office in 2012, showing that 2.5 million Californians had personal information put at risk through an electronic data breach.
"Data breaches are a serious threat to individuals' privacy, finances and even personal security," Harris said. "Companies and government agencies must do more to protect people by protecting data."
In 2003, California was the first state to pass a law (AB 700, Simitian) mandating data breach notification, which requires businesses and state agencies to notify Californians when their personal information is compromised in security breach. In 2012, companies and state agencies subject to the law were required for the first time to report any breach that involved more than 500 Californians to the Attorney General's Office. (SB 24, Simitian).
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