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California Senate OKs Bill Expanding Personal Info Definition

Sept. 8, 2021, 7:32 PM

California’s Senate approved on Wednesday a bill that expands the definition of personal information to include genetic data.

The bill, AB 825, was approved 30-0 and now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) desk for approval. The Assembly approved the bill 75-0 in May.

The Information Practices Act of 1977 requires agencies to disclose breaches of systems that handle personal information to residents whose unencrypted data was compromised.

Current state law also requires businesses to report such breaches and to employ reasonable security practices.

AB 825 specifies that personal information for those purposes includes genetic data, defined as “any ...

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