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New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman speaks during a news conference in New York on Feb. 11, 2016. (Photo: AP/Mary Altaffer, File)

Most states have laws requiring companies to notify those affected by a data breach. When the company that suffered the breach delays notification, New York, like other states, takes enforcement action.

In one recent case, N.Y. State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a settlement with CoPilot Provider Support Services, Inc. (CoPilot), a New York corporation that provides support services to the health industry, after the company violated the state’s General Business Law by waiting more than a year to provide notice of a data breach that exposed 221,178 patient records. As part of the settlement, CoPilot has agreed to pay $130,000 in penalties and to improve its notification and legal compliance program.

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