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Florida's data breach notification law will soon be replaced by more stringent and encompassing law, and it is imperative for businesses to be proactive in their data security measures in order to remain compliant. That is the warning issued in an alert – Florida raises the bar on data privacy, security and breach notification with passage of new law. The alert, issued by McDonald Hopkins’ national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice, details the law’s new requirements and recommends proactive steps that should be taken immediately.

The “Florida Information Protection Act of 2014” (FIPA) was signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott on June 20, 2014, after it received unanimous support by the legislature. FIPA will take effect on July 1, 2014, replacing Florida’s existing data breach notification law and dramatically increasing the breadth of the law. New requirements under FIPA include a shorter timeline to notify affected individuals, an expanded definition of “personal information,” its application to “covered entities,” a mandatory notice to the Florida Attorney General and production of proactive measures, third-party vendor notification, and the ability for Florida’s Department of Legal Affairs to bring an action under the Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices statute for any violations of Florida’s new law.

Click here to read the McDonald Hopkins Alert in its entirety.

Click here to read the McDonald Hopkins News Release.