An exhaustive state government cyber security bill is closer to passage in the state Senate. It is in response to an international hacker stealing millions of taxpayer and business ID’s from the state revenue department.
The bill out of Finance Committee sets up additional layers of government oversight moving forward. But one amendment that passed the Senate Wednesday would create a fund to reimburse the hacking victims for their losses.
Kershaw Senator Vincent Sheheen wrote the amendment. He said, “I for one believe that if the state’s negligence in this hacking scandal results in someone having $500,000 stolen from them, that it’s the state’s fault that occurred and the state ought to make it right.
“I don’t think that we’re going to see a lot of these claims, I hope we don’t. But if there’s one or two or three…or a hundred, then the state ought to be responsible for what it has done.”
There is a $300,000 cap on how much a victim can sue a state per incident. Sheheen says this will keep the state out of court, depending on how much is budgeted for the fund:
The money would be overseen by South Carolina’s Treasurer, who would decide whether the injury is caused by the theft of their personal information from state sources.
The money would be given once the victim goes through all the right channels to get help— and still suffers a financial loss.
The Senate takes up bill S. 334 again on Thursday for second reading.