Data Breach Notification Passes Senate Committee


SANTA FE – This afternoon, the Senate Public Affairs Committee unanimously passed House Bill 15, known as the Data Breach Notification Act. The legislation is sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Rehm of Bernalillo.

House Bill 15 would require businesses and other entities to implement reasonable procedures to protect the personal information of consumers. The bill would require that consumers be notified if it is suspected that their personal information may have been compromised by a data breach. Businesses and organizations must give notice to the Attorney General’s Office and major consumer reporting agencies about security breaches affecting more than one thousand individuals, and the notice must be provided no later than 45 days after the breach was discovered.

“Forty-seven other states already have laws governing the protection of consumer information, and the other two states, Arkansas and South Dakota, are working on legislation as we speak,” Rehm said. “I hope the Senate will join the House in supporting this bill and bring New Mexico’s consumer protection laws into the 21st Century.”

House Bill 15 goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee next.