|February 20, 2014
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Data breaches that compromise consumers’ financial, medical, or other personal information have been a growing concern throughout the country, and Attorney General Pam Bondi is working closely with the Florida Legislature to enhance laws that relate to data breaches in order to better protect Floridians. Yesterday, the House of Representatives’ Civil Justice Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Larry Metz, passed Proposed Committee Bill CJS 14-04, also known as the “Florida Information Protection Act of 2014.”
“Consumers should not have to live in fear that a data breach at a business or governmental entity can cause complete chaos in their lives and lead to fraud and identity theft. By working with the Legislature, I fully intend to strengthen Florida’s reporting requirements in order to better protect consumers’ best interests in the wake of a data breach,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
The proposed legislation would require businesses and governmental entities to provide proper notice of a breach to consumers and the Attorney General’s Office within 30 days. The legislation would also require these covered entities to take reasonable measures to protect Floridians’ personal data and information. Under this proposed law, businesses that do not comply with reporting requirements could face civil penalties or enforcement under Florida’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act.