Florida’s New Data Breach Notice Law
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Florida has a new law to combat the recent surge of data security breaches involving sensitive personal information. On July 1, 2014, Florida’s current data breach notification statute will be replaced by the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 (Act). Though similar to Florida’s current statute, the Act makes some significant changes that businesses must incorporate into their data security practices and procedures.
Under the Act, sole proprietors, partnerships, corporations, trusts, estates, cooperatives, associations and other commercial entities that acquire, maintain, store or use personal information (Covered Entities) are required to take reasonable measures to protect and secure such personal information. The Act broadens the definition of Personal Information to include:
An individual’s first name or first initial and last name in combination with that individual’s social security number, driver license or identification card number, passport number, military identification number, or other similar number issued on a government document used to verify identity. (Broader)
Financial account, credit and debit card numbers, in combination with any security code, access code or password.
Information regarding an individual’s medical history, mental or physical condition, or medical treatment or diagnosis by a health care professional. (New)
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