August 25, 2015
On July 14, 2015, Gov. Brown signed AB 1541 into law. The new law amends Section 1798.81.5 of the California Civil Code that requires employers to protect employees' and applicants' personal information for accessing online accounts. Existing law requires employers to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices to protect state residents' personal information from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification and disclosure. Current law defines ‘personal information’ as first name/initial and last name in combination with data such as a Social Security number, where the name or data are unencrypted. AB 1541 expands the definition of personal information to include username or e-mail address in combination with a password or security question and answer that permits access to online accounts. Personal information will not include information lawfully made available to the public from government records.
The new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2016.
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