Proposed Calif. Measure Closes Loophole In Data Breach Law

Law360 (February 21, 2019, 7:58 PM EST) -- A California State Assembly bill introduced Thursday would require businesses to tell consumers when passport numbers, green cards or biometric information, like fingerprints, facial recognition or retina scans, has been exposed to hackers.

The proposed measure closes a loophole in the state's existing data breach notification law, according to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and state Assemblyman Marc Levine, who announced the bill at a press conference in San Francisco. State law already requires businesses to alert consumers when social security numbers, driver's license numbers, credit card numbers and medical and health insurance data may have been compromised.

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