Rapid breathing, sweaty palms, and a tightening of the chest; those physical effects used to be associated with prom night or horror movies, but thanks to all the high-profile hacking antics hitting the headlines these days, you might experience the same jitters whenever a website asks you for some personal information. Even worse, companies don’t always own up to when they’ve been pwned and put your data in danger. It’s getting better, though. California just passed a law that requires companies that have been OMG h@x3d to directly inform their customers of the breach.
"No one likes to get the news that personal information about them has been stolen,” Joe Simitian, the State Senator that authored the bill, said in a statement. “But when it happens, people deserve to get the information they need to decide what to do next."