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Sen. John Albers Introduces Georgia Personal Data Security Act

Sen. John Albers (R – Roswell) works to keep Georgians personal information protected from identity theft with the Georgia Personal Data Security Act introduced Thursday.

“With the rapid advancement of technology, the overwhelming number of personal electronic devices available to consumers today and the push by companies for paperless billing, our personal data is more vulnerable than ever,” said Sen. Albers. “My goal with the Georgia Personal Data Security Act is to provide Georgians with the proper notifications and assurance of their secure information.”

Senate Bill 276 requires companies and organizations to give notice of a breach of security to any resident of the state of Georgia shortly after the incident is believed to have occurred. Notice must be sent to an affected individual and it must include the date of the breach, how data were accessed, what data was believed to have been accessed and the potential harm of the breach with immediate steps for protection and remediation. The Governor and the Attorney General are also to be notified of any security breach that occurs.

Senate Bill 276 will now go to the Senate Science and Technology Committee for consideration.