New Legislation in North Carolina Aims to Strengthen Protections Against Identity Theft

There were 1,022 reported data breaches in 2017 that may have impacted more than 5.3 million North Carolinians

New Legislation in North Carolina Aims to Strengthen Protections Against Identity Theft
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January 11, 2018

North Carolina Attorney General (AG) Josh Stein and State Representative Jason Saine have unveiled new legislation that will strengthen North Carolina's laws to prevent data breaches and to protect affected victims.

Stronger Data Breach protections

Attorney General Stein says that these laws need to be stronger.

"Last year, more than 5.3 million North Carolinians were estimated to have been affected by a data breach," said AG Stein. "This number is staggering and unacceptable. North Carolina's laws on this issue are strong – but they need to be even stronger. Rep. Jason Saine and I are partnering to do something about it."

"As more and more of our daily activities involve digital interactions, ensuring the safety of North Carolina's citizen's data is of critical importance," said Rep. Jason Saine. "When there is a breach, we need to ensure that consumers are notified in a timely fashion and that they have the tools they need to protect their personal identity from bad actors."

5.3 million North Carolinians impacted in 2017

In addition to announcing this legislation, AG Stein also released an annual report detailing the data breaches reported to his office in 2017. The report provides detailed information about the 1,022 data breaches that may have impacted more than 5.3 million North Carolinians, including:

  • Hacking breaches accounted for about half of all breaches this year, nearly doubling from five years ago.
  • Since 2006, reports of hacking have increased by more than 3,500 percent.
  • Phishing scams also increased in 2017, from 1.76 percent to 24 percent.
  • The most commonly stolen information includes full names, dates of birth and Social Security, driver license, credit card numbers.

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