New California law requires voter data breach reporting
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new law requires journalists, researchers and political campaigns that receive voter data to tell California officials if it may have been stolen.
Gov. Jerry Brown announced he signed the bill Monday. It requires people and organizations who have California voter registration data to report security breaches affecting the storage of that information.
The law also directs the secretary of state to develop guidelines for how such information should be securely stored and prohibits people from intentionally misinforming voters about voting locations, eligibility and times.
Democratic Assemblyman Marc Berman of Palo Alto wrote the bill and said it would improve election security and crack down on misinformation.
The bill passed both chambers of the Legislature with just one no vote.