Hood wants stronger identity protection
by Wally Northway
Published: March 12,2010
JACKSON — Some recent high profile data breaches beg for stronger laws in Mississippi, says Attorney General Jim Hood.
“Mississippi is one of the few states that does not have a security breach notification law,” said Hood. “We currently have a bill pending, House Bill 583, that would require such.”
House Bill 583 would require a business or state agency to notify individuals if the individual’s personal information (i.e social security number, bank account number) has been improperly acquired.
Recently, Hancock Fabrics announced that some data in eight states may have been compromised. Other high-profile companies such as ChoicePoint, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods Stores have also self-reported data breaches over recent years.
When the issue was first brought to the forefront by the ChoicePoint breaches in February 2005, California was the only state that had a security breach notification law. Since then, 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have enacted legislation requiring notification of security breaches involving personal information.
“Right now, Mississippi is completely dependant upon companies to self-report,” said Hood. “Fortunately most do, but we need this law in place to make reporting mandatory.”
The Senate amended the original version of the bill, which is now back in the House where the House will either concur or invite conference.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Twang & Tourism: The Country Music Trail
Still planning that summer vacation?
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Top Posts & Pages
- Family launches Billups Coffee with headquarters in Oxford
- Chris McDaniel responds to radio show audio clip
- ‘Just the beginning’ — Venture Technologies merging, acquiring companies
- Man indicted, accused of bankruptcy fraud
- Running luxury car dealerships, like Mercedes of Jackson, comes naturally to Trudy Higginbotham Moody
- Grenada native Donna Tartt wins Pulitzer Prize for 'The Goldfinch'
- Study: Mississippi has highest sales tax rate in U.S.
- Fight between county, insurer over courthouse fire continues
- Judge to rule on release of Kemper power plant data
- TODD SMITH — Taco Bell and McDonalds take breakfast war viral; how to write killer news releases and more