The year of compliance

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At the start of the year, most of the talk centered on how IT security would be affected by new federal legislation, such as Sarbanes-Oxley and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). But as it turned out, it was a California state law that had the most dramatic impact.

Senate Bill 1386, which came into force in 2003, was designed to protect California consumers by ensuring that if any company holding personal details suffered a security breach, it had an obligation to inform consumers affected. The effect of the legislation went way beyond the borders of ...

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