NY: Governor signs bills to help prevent data breaches

Marian Hetherly and AP report:

New York State is strengthening a law requiring companies that handle consumers’ personal data to notify them about any data breaches.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed legislation that expands the law to cover any company holding personal data belonging to a New Yorker, and not just companies doing business in the state.

The SHIELD (Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security) Act, which takes effect in 240 days, will also add email addresses and passwords and biometric data to the list of information covered by the law.

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