Personal Information Protection in Virginia (VA)
Virginia law imposes duties on employers and others who collect and store personal information. The chart below gives a general overview of these requirements; additional requirements and exceptions may apply.
|Types of Protected Information||Personal information means:
The first name (or first initial) and last name in combination with and linked to any unencrypted or unredacted data elements listed below that relate to a Virginia resident:
Personal information does not include information that is lawfully obtained from publicly available information, or from federal, state, or local government records lawfully made available to the general public.
Additional protection requirements apply to Social Security numbers. (See below.)
|Protection Requirements||Except as otherwise provided by law, an employer may not:
|Security Breach Notification Requirements||Employers that own or license computerized data that includes personal information, and that discover or are notified of a security breach of the system, must provide notice of the breach to the Virginia Attorney General and any affected Virginia resident without unreasonable delay. This notice is required if the unauthorized access to personal information has caused, or is reasonably believed to have caused or will cause, identity theft or other fraud to any Virginia resident.
Generally, if an employer provides notice to more than 1,000 persons at one time, it must notify, without unreasonable delay, the Attorney General and all national consumer reporting agencies.
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