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Data Breach Notification Laws

Data Breach Notification Laws

Definition

State statutes that delineate certain reporting requirements in the aftermath of a data breach, pertaining to (1) applicability (i.e., what types of organizations fall under the purview of the statute and any applicable "threshold number" of affected state residents that determines whether notification is required or not), (2) notification requirements with regard to parties who must be notified that the breach occurred, (3) notification timing requirements, and (4) specific penalties that may be incurred for failure to comply. At the time of writing, 48 of 50 states have their own, slightly varying data breach notification laws.

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