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California Updates Data Breach Notifications to Make Them Easily Understandable By Consumers

October 13, 2015

Last week, the State of California took a huge step forward on becoming the nation’s leader in notifying consumers when there is a data breach that involves a consumer’s personal information or their financial information such as credit cards or banking information.

The new policy signed into law will now require any company who experiences a data breach to follow set guidelines for how the information is given to the public so that the information is easily understandable and is explained in plain language for those affected.

Beginning January 1st, if a company experiences a data breach it must notify consumers by answering the following questions using the following titles:

  1. WHAT HAPPENED?
  2. WHAT INFORMATION WAS INVOLVED?
  3. WHAT WE ARE DOING?
  4. WHAT CAN YOU DO?
  5. FOR MORE INFORMATION

The new law states that the information must be presented in easy to understand language and even the size of the text must be 10 pt. or larger (the size of the text you are reading right now is 12 pt.).

The attorneys at Howard Law, PC. Are always vigilant of the legal ramifications of ‘Data Breaches’ as they can cause a great deal of harm to an individual or a family.

“I have heard horror stories about what happens to an individual when a data breach turns into identity theft, or when a data breach causes a person to have their money stolen. In a large part, if the notification of the data breach was made quickly and explained in easy to understand details, it would allow a person to take quick action to close bank accounts or get credit cards re-issued with new numbers.” Said Howard Law PC’s attorney Vincent D. Howard. “Getting information out quickly and efficiently is the only way to empower a person who is affected by the data breach.”

If you have been adversely affected or suffered losses due to a data breach, contact the law offices of Howard Law, PC as you may have legal options.