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Any person or company conducting business in Tennessee must follow the state's data breach laws, which require businesses to inform their customers when their data is compromised in a breach. If more than 1,000 Tennessee residents are affected by
a breach, businesses will also have to report the breach to consumer reporting agencies.
Name of Law / Statute
Tennessee Identity Theft Deterrence Act of 1999
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?
"Information holders," defined as any person or business conducting business in the state who licenses or owns PI
Notification of Consumers?
By what means?
Written or electronic; if >1,000 residents, must notify consumer reporting agencies
Substitute Notice Threshold?
If cost of notice >$250,000 or involves >500k residents
Notification of authorities / regulators required?
Credit monitoring requirement?
Private lawsuits allowed?
Private damages cap?
Actual damages (treble for willful violation) + costs, attorney fees
Regulatory actions allowed?
HIPAA Compliance exemption?
Other (e.g., timeframe)
Law does not apply if PI was encrypted
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Tennessee's data breach law
Read the full text of Tennessee’s data breach law.