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In the District of Columbia, any business that experiences a data breach must notify affected D.C. residents as soon as possible through mail or email. If the security breach affects more than 100,000 people, or the cost of notification
exceeds $50,000, businesses can issue alerts via public service announcements. If an event affects more than 1,000 people, all consumer-reporting agencies must be notified. Businesses that fail to notify affected
individuals can be fined up to $100 per incident.
Name of Law / Statute
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
access codes; not limited to D.C. residents
Who Is Subject to Law?
Any person or business conducting business in DC who licenses or owns PI
Notification of Consumers?
By what means?
Written or electronic (if consumer consented); if >1,000 residents, must notify consumer reporting agencies
Substitute Notice Threshold?
If cost of notice >$50,000 or involves >100k residents
Notification of authorities / regulators required?
Up to $100/person, plus costs and attorney fees
Credit monitoring requirement?
Private lawsuits allowed?
Private damages cap?
Actual damages + costs and attorney fees
Regulatory actions allowed?
HIPAA Compliance exemption?
Other (e.g., timeframe)
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Washington, D.C.'s data breach law
Read the full text of Washington, D.C.’s data breach law.