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SB 20: Security Breach Notification Improvements (2009)


SB 20 updates California’s landmark security breach notification law to enhance consumer understanding of security breaches. It requires that the notification letters required by current law contain specified information such as the type of information compromised and a general description of the breach.

After this bill passed the Legislature, Senator Simitian sent a letter to the Governor urging his signature on this bill.

For more information, you can read the SB 20 "Fact Sheet" prepared by a member of Senator Simitian's staff.

Final Status and Text

SB 20 is no longer active. Its final status was:
Vetoed by the Governor

You can read its final text on the Legislature's Bill Information site.

News & Press Releases about SB 20

08/31/2011 - Simitian's Consumer Privacy Bill Signed Into Law

08/19/2011 - Simitian's Consumer Privacy Protection Bill Passed By Legislature, Goes to Governor For Approval

01/15/2010 - Consumer Rights Groups Give Simitian 100% Score

11/03/2009 - Data breaches: What are you entitled to know?

10/13/2009 - PC World: Schwarzenegger Vetoes Update to California Privacy Law

10/11/2009 - Governor Vetoes Simitian's Privacy Protection Upgrade

09/28/2009 - SearchCompliance: Data breach notification law SB 20 strikes right balance: Simitian

09/27/2009 - Santa Cruz Sentinel: Landmark privacy law deserves an update

09/11/2009 - SC Magazine: Bill to bolster California breach law awaits governor

09/09/2009 - Privacy Protection Bill Heads to Governor's Desk

05/20/2009 - Privacy Piracy interview with California State Senator Joe Simitian, 11th District

04/27/2009 - Senate Strengthens Consumer Privacy Protection

03/09/2009 - California's data breach law may get an update

03/06/2009 - Lawmaker: Consumers need details in data breach warnings