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On November 21, 2018, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania found that a putative class action against UPMC by current and former employees should not have been dismissed. Employers have common law duty to use reasonable care to safeguard its employees’ sensitive personal information that it stores on Internet-accessible computer systems, and Pennsylvania’s economic loss doctrine did not bar the plaintiffs’ negligence claim.
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Effective October 1, 2018, Connecticut law requires organizations that experience a security breach affecting Connecticut residents’ Social Security numbers to provide 24 months of credit monitoring to affected individuals. Previously, Connecticut law required entities to provide 12 months of credit monitoring for breaches affecting SSNs.
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On June 28, 2018, the Governor of California signed the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. The Act introduces key privacy requirements for businesses, and was passed quickly by California lawmakers in an effort to remove a ballot initiative of the same name from the November 6, 2018, statewide ballot. The Act will take effect January 1, 2020.
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On November 6, 2018, California voters will consider a ballot initiative called the California Consumer Privacy Act. The Act is designed to give California residents the right to request from businesses the categories of personal information the business has sold or disclosed to third parties, with some exceptions.
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