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Haley Hughes Professor Haney CSCI 4957-290 14 June 2016 Breach Notification Amendment Tennessee’s existing data breach notification law was recently amended, changing several things about the law. Previously, the law stated that a business in the state of Tennessee that experienced a breach of security must report the breach to the victim whose personal information was stolen within 14 days. The amendment, however, has extended this duration of time to include 45 days. Along with this, the amendment defines any business employee who uses the consumer’s personal information in an illegal manner as an “unauthorized person”. Although important, these changes seem to be pretty subtle. However, a more drastic change was implemented within this amendment. Tennessee will remove its safe harbor clause, making it the first state in the United States to do so. Under safe harbor, companies who fall victim to a security breach are only required to notify the affected customers if the stolen data was not encrypted. With the removal of this clause, companies are
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