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State auditor among supporters of bill to notify people of cyber security breaches
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 6:20 PM EST
A bill backed by state Auditor Adam Edelen and a bipartisan group of lawmakers would require state and local government agencies to notify Kentuckians when their personal information is breached.
Edelen said government possesses volumes of private information, from Social Security numbers to tax returns and health records. When government loses that information, he said, citizens have a right to know.
The bill requires state and local agencies to notify individuals affected by a data breach within 35 days of the incident. If a breach affects more than 1,000 people, national consumer reporting agencies must be notified.
Edelen says Kentucky is among four states without a notification law.
The legislation is House Bill 5.