Calif. bill to broaden data breach notification law to include passport, biometric info


Lawmakers in California, known for taking a tough stance on behalf of consumers affected by data security or privacy breaches, have proposed legislation to beef up the state’s breach notification law to include passport, green card and biometric information.

"America doesn't need a wall at our southern border," CNN cited State Assemblymember Marc Levine as saying of the bill, AB1130, he revealed alongside California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. "What America needs is a firewall to protect American consumers from identify theft and fraud."

Levine pointed to the “real danger when our personal information is not protected by those we trust” and said “businesses must do more to protect personal data.

Calling the state leaders who on the front lines of protecting American citizens, Becerra said cybersecurity evolving law requires policies and laws to adapt as well.

“Knowledge is power, and all Californians deserve the power to take action if their passport numbers or biometric data have been accessed without authorization,” Becerra said in a release.“AB 1130 closes a gap in California law and ensures that our state remains the nation’s leader in data privacy and protection.”

The bill “will increase our efforts to protect consumers from fraud and affirms our commitment to demand the strongest consumer protections in the nation,” said Levine.

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