Gov. Steve Beshear and State Auditor Adam Edelen gathered in Louisville today for a ceremonial signing of a pair of bills—House Bills 5 and 232—intended to shore up Kentucky’s ability to protect citizens’ data from security breaches.
During this year’s General Assembly, Edelen worked with members of the state House to garner bipartisan support for the bills, which give the state greater investigative powers in the event that the myriad data it collects on Kentuckians is comprised. The measures also require the state and private businesses to notify citizens and customers in the event of a data breach.
Edelen says that because government collects so much data about people, privacy is the greatest public protection concern in the digital age.
“If you’re going to collect private information on the public, you ought to do everything you can to protect that information,” he said. “And in the instance in which you’re unable to protect that information, you have a basic obligation to let the people know.”
The bills garnered support from several corporations, including Microsoft.