Starting July 1, companies must notify Florida’s Department of Legal Affairs of data security breaches that affect more than 500 people in the state. The Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 repeals the state's current data security breach law, reports Business Insurance.
Under the law, companies must also notify affected individuals “no later than 30 days after the determination of a breach or reason to believe a breach occurred.” But there are exceptions to the rule. Notification to affected individuals may be delayed if it would interfere with a criminal investigation. Companies aren’t required to notify people if it is determined that the breach has not, and likely will not, result in identity theft or cause financial harm.
Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a bill that establishes the Agency for State Technology and creates several IT positions, including an executive director who will oversee the agency and serve as Florida’s CIO. The governor signed the bill June 20, according to state documents.
The CIO will be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate. StateTech has reported that the legislation provides $4.8 million to launch the new agency.
While the Apple slogan that touts there's an app for everything is usually said with optimism, there's one app in the App Store that has San Francisco city officials feeling not so app-y. Monkey Parking allows users to auction off public parking spaces to others at a marked up premium, reports the AP. This is in violation of both city and state laws.
Inmates at the Utah County Jail in will soon have access to the same video conferencing technology that allows business travelers to keep in touch with their loved ones while they're on the road. The Daily Herald reports that inmates' family members will be able to visit them through video conferencing thanks to new technology purchased by the county.
The town board revised its information technology policy to prohibit employees from communicating official documents, data, email and other information without authorization from a department head and the public information office, according to Government Technology. Legal experts support the town's efforts to control release of its information.
Driving economic evolution isn't easy for any state, but Massachuettes is well on track. The nonprofit Information Technology and Innovation Foundation this month released its 2014 State New Economy Index, detailing which states are most prepared to navigate the 21st century economy, the Washington Post reports. The index considers how well states embrace the digital economy, their capacity for innovation and concentration of knowledge jobs, such as managerial, professional and technical positions.
While the cloud provides organizations with immense flexibility and scale, there are questions related to taxing these cloud infrastructures based on the states they reside in. Governing recently published an article that takes a look at the challenges states and localities face in taxing the cloud.