[Dataloss] Fw: time to name names (was Re: MORE BNY (Mellon Corp) Tapes lost)

Mitch Tanenbaum - MC mtanenbaum at mercurycompanies.com
Fri Jun 6 23:34:56 UTC 2008

Two things

I am guessing that the data includes customers from most of the 50 states given this is a major bank so the rules get very mushy given it is controlled by the state of residency.

Second, some states like NY, do do not have an encryption exclusion at all.


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Subject: Re: [Dataloss] time to name names (was Re: MORE BNY (Mellon Corp) Tapes lost)

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Sent: Friday, June 6, 2008 1:06:01 PM (GMT-0800) America/Los_Angeles
Subject: Re: [Dataloss] time to name names (was Re: MORE BNY (Mellon Corp) Tapes lost)

Taking this one step farther, what if the tape *is* encrypted using really 
strong encryption and the tape is lost. Does the company have to warn 

  Certainly not in California.  The Breach Disclosure law (originally 
  SB-1386) provides a safe-harbor for encrypted data.  Not sure what the 
  other 42 US states do, but they modeled their laws along the lines of
  California's to the best of my knowledge.

If not, will that lead to companies claiming strong encryption 

  This is a weakness in all Breach Disclosure laws.  They do not specify
  the type of encryption.  While I agree that lawmakers are not the most
  qualified people to determine appropriate ciphers, they could have at
  least pointed to NIST standards as the minimum.  That would have given
  us 3DES and AES encryption.  Right now, we have nothing.  Very short-

Arshad Noor
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