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Nevada Law Update

Posted in News Articles on 10/01/2008

Effective October 1, 2008, Nevada Law NRS 597.970 went into effect requiring the encryption of electronically transmitted personal information.    This Nevada Law states the following:

“A business in this State shall not transfer any personal information of a customer through an electronic transmission other than a facsimile to a person outside of the secure system of the business unless the business uses encryption to ensure the security of electronic transmission.”

Personal Information as defined under Nevada law means:

  1. Social security number.
  2. Driver’s license number or identification card number.
  3. Account number, credit card number or debit card number, in combination with any required security code, access code or password that would permit access to the person’s financial account.

Encryption as defined under Nevada law means:

The use of any protective or disruptive measure, including, without limitation, cryptography, enciphering, encoding or a computer contaminant, to:

  1. Prevent, impede, delay or disrupt access to any data, information, image, program, signal or sound;
  2. Cause or make any data, information, image, program, signal or sound unintelligible or unusable; or
  3. Prevent, impede, delay or disrupt the normal operation or use of any component, device, equipment, system or network.

This law in Nevada is the first of its kind in the United States, and other states may follow their lead.  For more information, please contact BackTrack at 800-991-9694.