SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta) has introduced AB 346, a bill that will expand the notification of data breaches of any agency in the state to also include unauthorized access.
Data breaches come in many forms. While the current law requires agencies to report to Californians any acquired personal information gained through their computerized data systems, the law does not cover or include unauthorized access. With the growing risks of identity theft and remote hacking or accessing of personal information, the need to be informed of such breaches is imperative in preventing irreparable damage.
“Personal Data Privacy is a growing concern for every Californian and they have a right to know if their information was compromised. A data breach can have long lasting consequences that affect credit, finances, identity, even careers,” said Seyarto. “The first step an individual can take to protect themselves from having their stolen data used against them is to be informed, and the government has a responsibility to inform every individual if their personal data was unlawfully accessed.”
In the last ten years, data breaches have grown exponentially, as have the amount of exposed records. 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.