And Alabama Makes 50 States with Data Breach Notification Laws
On March 28, Alabama’s governor signed into law a data breach notification law. It is the last state in the country to do so, closely trailing South Dakota. Fifteen years ago, California was the first state to enact a data breach notification law. The Alabama law applies to electronically stored “sensitive personally identifying information.” Such information involves a name plus at least one of the following: SSN, government issued identification number, financial account number, medical information, health insurance policy or identification, or email address and password that would permit access to an account containing any sensitive personally identifying information. Generally, notification to residents affected by a breach must be made within 45 days, although there are some exceptions. The law takes effect on May 1.