Feeds

California enacts full disclosure security breach law

Dear Madam, we let your data get away. Sorry!

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

From today (July 1) all firms doing business in California will be obliged to advise their customers what data might be disclosed if their systems are ever successfully attacked.

Under the Security Breach Information Act, companies whose systems are broken into by crackers will be expected to report attacks to customers directly or via a notice on their Web site in cases where credit card information or other sensitive customer data has been compromised.

Failure to disclose such embarrassing details at the pertinent time will open the way for California residents to sue offending companies.

The full disclosure regulations, a first of their kind, are designed to put a brake on the growing problem of identity theft - America's fastest growing crime.

The new regulations may become a model for Federal legislation. US Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein has this week introduced federal legislation based on the California law.

The new law has e-tailers worried and security vendors rubbing their hands in glee. Expect to new rules to form a cornerstone for sales pitches from intrusion detction/prevention appliance vendors from now on, regardless of whether you live in California or not.

While you wait for the inevitable call you can peruse the Security Breach Information Act for yourself here. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)
So nasty no one's even whispering until patch is out
Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'
Fix imminent from Microsoft for Vista, Server 2008, other stuff
Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar
Michael Daniel wants to kill passwords dead
FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones
Claims it's what the Founding Fathers would have wanted – catching killers and pedos
Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE
Pull it out ASAP, it is SWISS CHEESE
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.