Connecticut gets serious about breach reporting

Published: October 2, 2012 by ofonseca

Get ready, Connecticut. A new data breach law is now in effect that brings the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) into the reporting loop.

The new law requires notifying the OAG by email no later than when affected consumers are notified. Previously, businesses were only required to report a breach to consumers. Yet Attorney General George Jepsen and his office were tasked with enforcing state breach laws – hard to do when you don’t know about the incidents.

But that’s all changed. Assistant Attorney General Matthew Fitzsimmons and the office’s Privacy Task Force will monitor the incoming emails. The new reporting requirement and newish task force (it was created last year) give the OAG more oversight of breach activity that may be putting consumers at risk. With more oversight comes better enforcement – at least that’s certainly what the OAG hopes.

Connecticut requires consumer notification when a breach involves unencrypted, computerized personal data. The state’s definition of “personal data” includes someone’s first and last names in combination with at least one of three data types: a Social Security number; a driver’s license or state identification number; or a financial account number, such as a credit card number, along with the access code for the account.

Businesses that don’t comply with the new law may find themselves in violation of the state’s Fair Trade Practices Act. Remember that sooner is better than later when it comes to breach reporting. At least if you want to avoid fines and violations.

Here’s the new email address for reporting breaches in Connecticut: ag.breach@ct.gov.

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