Utah protects mountains of data with the Cybersecurity Affirmative Defense Act

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Walt Brooks (Utah House Representative) & Scott M. Giordano (General Counsel at Spirion)

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The legal landscape surrounding data use and privacy is increasing in complexity as U.S. states enact regulations to protect consumers and businesses. In March of 2021, Utah’s Governor, Spencer Cox, signed the Cybersecurity Affirmative Defense Act (H.B. 80). Introduced by Representative Walt Brooks, the Cybersecurity Affirmative Defense Act (CADA) offers liability protections as long as business victims follow reasonable cybersecurity controls and best practices when managing personal data.  Utah is the second state behind Ohio to establish an affirmative defense to claims arising from a breach of system security.   Spirion’s Scott Giordano, General Counsel, will sit down with Representative Brooks to discuss the motivation behind the Cybersecurity Affirmative Defense Act, what informed the elements of the legislation, and advice for future affirmative defense statutes.   Key takeaways include: -Requirements under the Utah Cybersecurity Affirmative Defense Act -The differences between the Ohio and Utah affirmative defense model -The future of Utah and federal data protection law

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