PA: Media’s reporting on breach led to new state data breach law

Rick Earle reports:

An exclusive Target 11 investigation into a massive data breach last year has led to a new state law meant to protect every citizen of the Commonwealth.

Target 11 Investigator Rick Earle broke the story of that data breach last April and now because of his reporting, state lawmakers passed legislation requiring timely notification of data breaches.


The spreadsheets obtained by Target 11 included the personal information about residents across the state who had tested positive for COVID-19. They also included personal information and health data for people who had been in contact with a positive case.

The state initially told Target 11 it wasn’t a big deal, and that it had been dealt with, but when Target 11 showed them multiple spreadsheets with the information, a spokesman for the state Health Department admitted it was an issue.

Read more at WPXI, and congratulations to Rick Earle and his colleagues for making a positive difference by their investigation and reporting.

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