California businesses get new guides from state Attorney General on privacy, cyber-security

The new guides benefit both consumers and businesses, as information is presented transparently

California’s Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has issued a new document that includes recent changes to the state’s privacy law and follows an earlier report on cyber-attacks and data breaches.

The new guide, “Making Your Privacy Practices Public,” gives businesses information to provide a privacy policy for consumers, she explained in a statement.

Earlier, Harris’ office issued recommendations to California businesses to protect against malware, data breaches and other cyber risks. The guide, “Cybersecurity in the Golden State,” provides recommendations for small- to mid-sized businesses. That size businesses needs such a guide, given that in 2012, 50 percent of all cyber-attacks were aimed at businesses with fewer than 2,500 employees and 31 percent were aimed at those with less than 250 employees.

“Technology has created new opportunities and new risks for California businesses, including cyber-attacks,” Harris said in a statement about the cyber-security guide. “This guide offers specific, straightforward recommendations to help businesses continue to thrive by reducing cyber security risks to employees and customers.”

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