State Sen. Kevin Thomas, D-N.Y., announced the Senate Democratic Majority has passed the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act. According to a news release from Thomas' office, the SHIELD Act "will broaden the definition of a data breach, expand the scope of information subject to current data breach notification laws, and empower the Attorney General to bring action over privacy violations." Thomas added that "it is critical that our laws keep pace with the rapidly changing world of technology. The SHIELD Act raises security standards so that no more New Yorkers are needlessly victimized by data breaches and cyber-attacks. This legislation serves as a collaborative approach to privacy and consumer protection that will set the standard for New York and the rest of the nation."
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