Identity theft: are organizations obliged to notify clients?
When a company or even a not-for-profit organization collects, uses and/or deals with personal information, it might be legally required to immediately notify individuals whose information it is handling if there is a security breach relating to that information.
Apart from specific local laws that might require such notification, in both the U.S. and Canada there is a trend in legal jurisprudence and industry standards towards such an obligation based on concerns over the issue of identify theft.
By Javad Heydary at the E-Commerce Times.
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- Review: Identity Theft (26 August 2003)