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Two States, Two New Laws

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 16, 2010

Two states enacted data breach-related laws recently. Late last month Washington Governor Christine Gregoire signed a law that lets banks recover certain costs and damages from retailers and credit card processors that suffer data breaches after failing to comply with Payment Card Industry standards. It takes effect July 1, 2010. Last week the state of Mississippi became the forty-sixth in the nation to enact a data breach notification law. According to a Kelley Drye & Warren report, the law "tracks the general language of data breach notification laws already enacted." It takes effect July 1, 2011. (Editor's note: Privacy Tracker subscribers can hear more about both laws on the archived March call, available here.
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