Florida Revamps Data Security and Data Breach Statutes

    View Author May 2014
    On April 30, 2014, the Florida House of Representatives followed the Senate in passing a pair of bills (SB 1524 & 1526) that, unless vetoed by Governor Rick Scott, will replace the state’s current data breach notification statute, §817.5681, Fla. Stat., with a new section in the civil code, §501.171, that will include a new exemption from Florida’s broad public records law. Governor Scott is expected to sign the new Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 (Act), which will then become effective on July 1, 2014. Essential provisions of the Act are briefly highlighted in this publication.