Health Information Management

California amends breach notification requirements

HIM-HIPAA Insider, October 27, 2014

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California amended its data breach notification standards September 30 when it passed AB 1710, according to The National Law Review.

Companies that are the source of a data breach and want to provide identity theft prevention and mitigation services to affected individuals must do so for at least 12 months at no cost if the breach exposed or may have exposed personal information, according to the new law. California is the first state to impose such a law, according to The National Law Review.
The law also expands the range of businesses that are required to implement and maintain security procedures and practices to protect individuals’ personal information. Previously, businesses that own or license personal information about California residents were subject to the law, but now businesses that maintain personal information must comply as well. The law maintains that with certain exceptions a person or entity may not sell, advertise for sale, or offer to sell a person’s Social Security number. The law is effective January 1, 2015.
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