US Breach Laws Are Coming: Vermont

Liisa M. Thomas and Shanna M. Pearce of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP write:

On January 1, 2019 Vermont’s breach notice law will include obligations specific to data brokers. A “data broker” is defined as a business that “knowingly collects and sells or licenses to third parties the brokered personal information of a consumer with whom the business does not have a direct relationship.” Under the law, data brokers must keep a record of “data broker breaches” and annually tell this information to the state. Brokers will need to provide this as part of a new annual registration process. The registration also requires data brokers to explain how they let individuals opt-out of having information collected, stored or sold. Finally, data brokers also have to develop and maintain a comprehensive information security program.

Data broker breaches are defined as unauthorized acquisition of “broker personal information.” This is broader than personal information that triggers general breach notice obligations

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