Letters from the University of California, Berkeley, have been sent to students notifying them that servers were breached from September 16 to 26 and that their confidential information has been compromised. The servers housed files including names, social security numbers, credit card numbers, and driver’s licenses.
The school has since engaged with forensic security firms but it is not yet known how many files have been affected.
In the letters sent to affected students, the University said: “we have no evidence that an unauthorized individual has misused your personal information; however, there are some steps you should consider taking to protect yourself.”
California’s data breach notification legislation – California Civil Code 1798:29 and 1798:80 – requires entities that own or license computerized personal information to notify residents of California without unreasonable delay of any data breach that results or could result in the unauthorized acquisition of their unencrypted personal information. If more than 500 individuals have to be notified of a breach, the state’s attorney general must also be notified. Read more about the data breach notification legislation where you live >>
California is known for having some of the toughest privacy laws in the US
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