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Under current California law, businesses are required to implement “reasonable security measures” to safeguard Californian’s personal information. Data breach after data breach has shown how unreasonable the state of affairs truly is.
As we have seen with the many breaches of personal information, businesses ignore the current law. The California Consumer Privacy Act increases fines and penalties for violations of existing law so that you can hold businesses responsible for safeguarding your personal information if the business chooses to collect it.
1798.112. A business that suffers a breach of the security of the system, as defined in subdivision (g) of section 1798.82, involving consumers’ personal information, as defined in subdivision (h) of section 1798.82, shall be deemed to have violated this Act and may be held liable for such violation or violations under sections 1798.108, 1798.109, and 1798.111, if the business has failed to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices, appropriate to the nature of the information, to protect the personal information from unauthorized disclosure.
Section 1798.81.5 is existing California code that requires: A business that owns, licenses, or maintains personal information about a California resident shall implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature of the information, to protect the personal information from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure.