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In Rhode Island, a business that experiences a data breach must investigate whether personal information could be misused. Businesses are legally required to notify affected Rhode Island residents as soon as possible by mail or electronic means. If the
security breach affects more than 50,000 people, or the cost of notification exceeds $50,000, public service announcements are acceptable. Businesses that don’t comply with notification regulations can be fined
up to $25,000.
Name of Law / Statute
Rhode Island Identity Theft Protection Act of 2005
Definition of Protected Information
Combination of (1) name or other identifying info, PLUS (2) one or more of these "data" elements: SSN; driver's license number; or account number, credit card number, debit card number if accompanied by PIN, password, or
Who Is Subject to Law?
Any person or business conducting business in the state who licenses or owns PI
Notification of Consumers?
Yes, unless determination of no "identity theft risk" by the business or law enforcement
By what means?
Written or electronic
Substitute Notice Threshold?
If cost of notice >$25,000 or involves >50k residents
Notification of authorities / regulators required?
$100/occurrence, up to $25,000
Credit monitoring requirement?
Private lawsuits allowed?
Private damages cap?
Actual damages + costs, fees
Regulatory actions allowed?
HIPAA Compliance exemption?
Other (e.g., timeframe)
Law does not apply if PI was encrypted
Link to complete law
Read the full text of Rhode Island’s data breach law.