Wyoming employers need to be ready for strengthened data breach law

by Brad Cave

Wyoming’s new data breach notification law takes effect July 1, meaning employers need to be ready for beefed-up notification requirements.

Wyoming law requires that any entity or person who conducts business in Wyoming and owns or licenses computerized data that include personal identifying information must notify affected consumers of a data breach. Because personal identifying information includes such things as Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, and health insurance and medical information, most employers have data covered by the law.

Under the old law, breach notifications needed to include only a toll-free number consumers could use to contact the business that was collecting their data so it could provide the telephone numbers and addresses of the major credit-reporting agencies. Under the new law, notifications must provide much more information.

As of July 1, the notification must be clear and conspicuous, so there’s no hiding it in a document provided for other purposes. Also, at a minimum, the notification must include:

  • The types of personal identifying information that are reasonably believed to have been breached;
  • A general description of the breach;
  • The approximate date of the breach;
  • A general description of the actions taken by the individual or entity to protect the system containing personal identifying information from further breaches;
  • Advice to consumers to review account statements and monitor credit reports; and
  • Whether notification was delayed because of a law enforcement investigation.

The new law also includes an expanded definition of “personal identifying information” that will trigger notification after a breach.

For more information on Wyoming’s new data breach notification law, see the June issue of Wyoming Employment Law Letter.

Brad Cave is an attorney with Holland & Hart LLP in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He can be reached at bcave@hollandhart.com.

About Wyoming Employment Law Letter:
Excerpted from Wyoming Employment Law Letter and written by attorneys at the law firm of Holland & Hart LLP. WYOMING EMPLOYMENT LAW LETTER. WYOMING EMPLOYMENT LAW LETTER is intended only to inform, but not to provide legal advice, and recipients should seek professional advice with regard to specific applications of the information. Contact the attorneys at Holland & Hart LLP.
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