Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill which repealed Florida’s data security breach law and replaced it with the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014.
The Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 went into effect on July 1, 2014 and it requires companies to take reasonable measures in order to protect and secure data which contains personal information in an electronic form. The bill also requires that individuals of data security breaches be notified of the breach under certain circumstances and allows the Florida attorney general to require a copy of a forensic or incident report, as well as copies of company policies and procedures in place at the time of the data breach. It includes a provision that defines covered personal information to include not only an email address or username, but also a password or security question and answer that gives access to an online account.
Cyber breach laws are becoming more and more broad, and Florida will likely not be the last to introduce and pass an encompassing cyber breach law. Other jurisdictions have chosen to amend, rather than appeal, existing laws, but Scott’s decision may set an example for other jurisdictions to follow suit.
With cyber security becoming more important as threats become more “real,” it’s more critical than ever to protect yourself and your company against breaches. It’s been said that there are two types of companies: those who have been breached, and those who have been breached but don’t know it. Don’t wait until it’s too late to avoid a breach. Protect yourself now so that you don’t face the negative consequences that come along with a breach in the future.
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