LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Kentucky is one of four states in the country that doesn’t guarantee the public the right to be notified if their private information is stolen by a hacker.
“So our people know should the government at any level lose personal and relevant information that they’ll be notified and provide an opportunity to protect themselves,” Kentucky auditor Adam Edelin said.
Birth records, social security numbered and addresses are always at risk of being stolen online.
“My own office has been the target last year of several thousand attacks. We have to be vigilant. It’s not a question of we’re going to be breached, it’s question of when we’re going to be breached,” he said.
Now a partisan group of 63 co-sponsors are pushing for House Bill 5 to become law – a law which mandates local and state government to notify victims if their data is stolen.
“If government can model the behavior here and do the right thing for the public, my hope is that it will be a powerful example to those in the private sector who have not yet adopted these kind of cyber security measures,” Edelin added.
The bill also aims to boost security training for government officials and force government agencies to encrypt sensitive data in their computer systems.