Bill would restrict Calif. retailers from storing certain payment data

April 18, 2014

Two California legislators have introduced a bill that would severely limit how sensitive card data is stored by retailers.

Earlier this month, Assemblymembers Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, and Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, announced that the legislation, AB 1710, would serve as a means of protecting consumer data in the event of a data breach, a release from Wieckowski's office said.

Among the bill's provisions, was a measure that would ban businesses from storing payment-related data for any longer than required for “business, legal, or regulatory purposes.” In addition, the bill seeks to prohibit companies from storing sensitive authentication data, even when encrypted.

“Sensitive authentication data” was said to be inclusive of information contained on payment card magnetic stripes, as well as PINs and card verification codes.

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