In the absence of federal action, state legislators continue to propose bills that would increase data privacy and security protections for consumers. Any entity that does business in these states or maintains confidential information of their residents should monitor the legislation to determine whether and how the proposed changes may affect operations.
The bills are a direct reaction to Equifax’s data breach disclosure last summer. Oregon, New York, Alabama, and Rhode Island have now joined the list of states considering new data breach legislation. Such legislation has already been proposed in Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, and South Dakota.
See our legal alert for an analysis of how the new bills could affect covered entities.