Attorney General’s Office announces new online form for submitting data breach notifications
(Hartford, CT) – Attorney General William Tong today announced a new online form designed to help businesses comply with their obligation to notify the Attorney General’s office when they experience a data breach affecting Connecticut residents.
Under Connecticut law, businesses are required to notify the attorney general no later than the time affected residents are notified of a data breach. The number of notices received by the Attorney General’s Office has grown significantly over the years, surpassing 1,500 in 2021 alone.
“This new online form will benefit our office and businesses, allowing us to quickly identify and address larger breaches while providing businesses with the information we need them to investigate and respond to. opinion. More importantly, it will help us make it easier to ensure that the violated businesses have properly informed and offered protective services to the affected Connecticut residents, ”Attorney General Tong said.
The need for a standardized online submission form was also motivated by recent changes to Connecticut’s data breach notification status. Last year, Attorney General Tong sought to strengthen the law by broadening his definition of “personal information,” which in turn triggers expanded notification requirements and shortening the time frame for entities to notify a data breach. from 90 days to 60 days. “A law regarding data privacy breaches” was unanimously approved in the last legislative session and entered into force on October 1, 2021. In light of these changes, the Office expects to receive further more violation notifications this year.
To access the form and for more information on reporting data breaches to the Attorney General’s Office, click here.