Virginia General Assembly to Tackle a Variety of Privacy Related Bills

Christopher R. Nolen of McGuireWoods LLP writes:

The Virginia General Assembly is underway and several privacy related bills are on the legislative agenda for 2018. The Virginia legislature will consider approximately 3,000 bills during its 60-day session that will end in early March.

Here are several from Nolen’s list:

  • In an attempt to further address the growing problem of criminals filing fraudulent tax returns after stealing the identities of unsuspecting taxpayers, companion bills are pending in the House of Delegates and Virginia Senate that impose a breach notification duty on state tax return preparers, as defined in Va. Code Ann. § 58.1-302.
  • Requiring consumer reporting agencies to disclose within 15 days a breach of the security of a computerized data system, when such disclosure is required by Virginia’s data breach notification statute, § 18.2-186.6. The bill provides that failure to report is a violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. HB1588(pending)
  • Directing a legislative commission to study how local governments report data breaches to identify ways to promote efficient and timely reporting of such breaches by local governments and to develop best practices to assist localities with cyber security. HJ39 (pending)

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