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Governor Schwarzenegger Vetoes Data Breach Legislation

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Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed state Senator Joe Simitian´s (D-Palo Alto) Senate Bill 20, which would have imposed additional requirements on businesses and state agencies that experience a breach of security.

If adopted into law, the bill would have required that consumers be provided with a plain language description of the data loss incident, including the timing of the incident and the type of personal information exposed. Senate Bill 20 also would have directed data holders to submit a copy of the notification letter to the state Attorney General´s office if more than 500 California residents were affected in a single incident.

State Senator Simitian was quoted as saying “I’m surprised as well as disappointed by the Governor’s veto . . .There was no opposition to the bill in its final form. This was a common sense step to help consumers.” 

An article about this development is available at


Author: ABA Antitrust

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