The Act concerning Data Privacy Breaches was signed on 16 June 2021, by the Connecticut State Governor and entered into effect, on 1 October 2021.

Key Highlights of the Act

  • Scope of Definition of personal information has been broadened to include additional categories of sensitive information. The definition includes:

“personal information” means an individual’s

A. first name or first initial and last name in combination with any one, or more, of the following data:  

(i) Social Security number;  

(ii) taxpayer identification number;

(iii) identity protection personal identification number issued by the Internal Revenue Service; (iv) driver’s license number, [or] state identification card number;

(iv) passport number, military identification number or other identification number issued by the government that is commonly used to verify identity;

(v) credit or debit card number;

(vi) financial account number in combination with any required security code, access code or password that would permit access to such financial account;

(vii) medical information regarding an individual’s medical history, mental or physical condition, or medical treatment or diagnosis by a health care professional;

(viii) health insurance policy number or subscriber identification number, or any unique identifier used by a health insurer to identify the individual; or

(ix) biometric information consisting of data generated by electronic measurements of an individual’s unique physical characteristics used to authenticate or ascertain the individual’s identity, such as a fingerprint, voice print, retina or iris image; or

B. user name or electronic mail address, in combination with a password or security question and answer that would permit access to an online account.

  • Shortened the time period to notify consumers and the Attorney General (‘AG’) of a security breach from 90 to 60 days; and
  • Providing confidentiality for material obtained by the AG through Civil Investigative Demands.

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