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Mississippi Becomes 46th State to Enact Data Breach Notification Law

It appears that Governor Haley Barbour has signed legislation sent to his desk by the Legislature on April 1, making Mississippi the 46th state to enact a data breach notification law.

Similar to most of the other laws, the Mississippi law applies to any person who owns, licenses or maintains computerized personal information of any resident of that state. Breaches must be disclosed “without unreasonable delay.” It does not appear that the Mississippi law imposes any out-of –the-ordinary obligations on businesses, but the trend continues. The law becomes effective July 1, 2011.

Link to text of legislation:

HB 583 (As Sent to Governor) - 2010 Regular Session

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Cynthia J. Larose

Member / Chair, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice

Cynthia J. Larose is Chair of the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, a Certified Information Privacy Professional-US (CIPP-US), and a Certified Information Privacy Professional-Europe (CIPP-E). She works with clients in various industries to develop comprehensive information security programs on the front end, and provides timely counsel when it becomes necessary to respond to a data breach.