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California Moves to Strengthen Data Breach Law

The California State Legislature passed S.B. 20, a bill that would improve California's current security breach notification law. Senator Joe Simitian said S.B. 20 "is designed to make a good law better." Under current California law, a company that loses unencrypted personal information must notify affected consumers of the security breach. If signed by Governor Schwarzenegger, S.B. 20 would require that notifications include information that helps consumers safeguard their privacy. The bill is one more example of the many state efforts to address the growing problem of security breaches. In May, EPIC testified in Congress on the need to improve security breach notification.

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