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As in most states, businesses in Hawaii must notify consumers of a data breach without delay. If the breach affects 1,000 or more people, the business owner also needs to send a written notice to the State of Hawaii Office of Consumer
Protection and all credit-reporting agencies. Entities that comply with federal data breach laws (e.g., healthcare providers that comply with HIPAA) are considered to be in compliance with Hawaii’s laws. The penalty for not following reporting
regulations can be up to $2,500 per violation.
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 PLUS paper records
Who Is Subject to Law?
Any business that owns or licenses PI of Hawaii residents, or any entity doing business in HI that maintains or possesses PI
Notification of Consumers?
Yes, but only if material risk of harm to consumer or illegal use of PI
By what means?
Written, phone, or electronic; if >1000 residents, must notify consumer reporting agencies
Substitute Notice Threshold?
If cost of notice >$100,000 or involves >200k residents
Notification of authorities / regulators required?
Yes, if >1000 residents
Up to $2500/violation + any actual financial damages caused and attorney fees
Credit monitoring requirement?
Private lawsuits allowed?
Private damages cap?
Regulatory actions allowed?
HIPAA Compliance exemption?
Other (e.g., timeframe)
Law does not apply if PI was encrypted
Link to complete law
Learn more about Hawaii’s data breach law by reading the full text.