TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi issued the following statement following the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee’s unanimous passage of the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014, Senate Bill 1524, sponsored by Senator John Thrasher.
“Identity theft wreaks havoc on people’s lives, and this proposed legislation would better protect consumers in the wake of a data breach by enhancing reporting requirements,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
The proposed legislation would require businesses and governmental entities to provide proper notice of a breach to consumers and the Attorney General’s Office within 30 days. It would also require these covered entities to take reasonable measures to protect Floridians’ personal data and information. Under this proposed legislation, businesses and entities that do not comply with reporting requirements could face civil penalties or enforcement under Florida’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act.