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SB 0493 - Selling and Other Trade Practices; legislative findings; standards for cybersecurity programs to protect businesses from liability; provide

Tracking Level: Monitor
Sponsor: Bruce Thompson
Last Action: 6/15/2020 - House - House Second Readers
Senate Committee: Veterans, Military and Homeland Security
House Committee: Judiciary
Assigned To:
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

SB 493 amends Chapter 1 of Title 10 of the OCGA to establish an affirmative defense for business entities against a tort cause of action for failure to implement reasonable cybersecurity controls, resulting in a data breach of private information. Business entities intending to assert this defense must maintain a written cybersecurity program with reasonable administrative, technical, and physical safeguards. A covered entity using this affirmative defense must establish substantial compliance with this code section and that it has undergone a data security assessment by an independent security assessment firm within 12 months prior to the data breach.

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