As the new session continues, I too want to continue to keep you informed, and I am pleased to share another key legislative update.
Today I introduced AB 346, a bill that will require any agency in the state to notify you if your unencrypted personal information was accessed or reasonably believed to have been accessed by an unauthorized person.
Data breaches come in many forms. While the current law requires these agencies to report if any of your personal information was acquired through their computerized data systems, the law does not cover or include informing you that your private data was compromised due to unauthorized access.
In the last ten years, data breaches have grown exponentially, as have the amount of exposed records. A breach can have long lasting consequences that affect your credit, finances, identity, and career. You have a right to know if your information was compromised.
The first step you can take to protect yourself from having your stolen data used against you is to be informed, and the government has a responsibility to inform you if your personal data was unlawfully accessed.
AB 346 was introduced on January 28th, coinciding with the internationally recognized Data Privacy Day which seeks to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices.