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Dec 7, 2007

Breach disclosure net widens

California State Bill 1386 was the first US bill to insist that organizations disclose to Californian citizens details of privacy breaches affecting their financial data, an idea since extended to around 40 US states.

SB1386 opened the flood gates when privacy breaches affecting millions of data subjects were disclosed. Prior to SB1386, even huge privacy incidents were successfully hushed up or downplayed by embarrassed (borderline unethical) organizations' spin doctors. SB1386 woke up an ignorant or complacent public.

The Californian law is now being extended to include privacy breaches involving medical and health insurance information under AB1298:
" AB 1298 adds two new breach-triggering data categories to the law of “health insurance information” defined as a health insurance policy or subscriber number(s), any information in an individual’s application and claims history, including any appeals records; and “medical information” including any information regarding an individual’s medical history, mental or physical condition, or medical treatment or diagnosis by a health care professional."