Under a law which takes effect next week, Nevada businesses must start encrypting their email, or face a penalty.
According to the law, which was passed in 2005, but doesn’t take effect until next week, “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.”
What this means is that if you are a business in Nevada, and are sending email which contains anything that could be considered personal information (and let’s face it, an email address is personal), then you must, under this law, send it encrypted, or not at all.
So what exactly qualifies as “encrypted” under this law? According to the state of Nevada’s own legal definition:
” ‘Encryption’ means the use of any protective or disruptive measure, including, without limitation, cryptography, enciphering, encoding or a computer contaminant, to:
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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.”
Zounds! This sounds like the definition of spyware! And, indeed under California law, a “computer contaminant” is defined as “any set of computer instructions that are designed to modify, damage, destroy, record, or transmit information within a computer, computer system, or computer network without the intent or permission of the owner of the information.”
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This should be very interesting to watch.
In the meantime, we at ISIPP stand ready to help any business wanting to get some form of encryption in place so that they don’t become a test case.
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