Saturday, May 4, 2013

Senate Bill 114 – Identity & Data Protection Legislation

On Monday, the PA Senate approved SB 114 by a vote of 49-0.  The bill requires state and local government agencies to notify the public of any data breaches that occur.  So, if the state loses a laptop (or three, which is what prompted Republicans to push this bill) that contains your social security number, they must notify you within seven days.

Another provision of the legislation requires that the District Attorney or the Office of Administration be notified within three days of a security breach so they can determine if a criminal investigation is warranted.

Finally, the Office of Administration is tasked with beefing up state government security to make these security breaches more difficult.

This legislation will help the residents of Pennsylvania better protect their privacy and defend themselves against identity theft. 

Similar legislation was proposed before, but failed to get taken up by the State House.  Hopefully, that will not happen this year.

1 comment:

Hailey Andersen said...

It's exciting to see the development of leak detection technology in legislation like this.