Nevada Encryption Law in Effect, Mandates PCI DSS Compliance

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Today, January 1, 2010 we’ll see the New Nevada Encryption Law go into effect. The State’s Encryption Law requires businesses in Nevada to use Encryption Software while transferring “any personal information of a customer through an electronic transmission,” except via facsimile.

The Updated Encryption Law also mandates PCI DSS Compliance (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) for businesses that accept credit card payments.


This Law is applicable to all businesses operating in Nevada and in compliance businesses will be protected from liability in the case of a Security Breach.

Let’s take a detailed look as to how it applies to virtually all Nevada Businesses. A few of you might be thinking it does not affect me, when in fact it does. Here’s how.


If a Business stores the customers

1)     First Name and Last Name

2)     Social Security number or Employee ID No

3)     Driver’s license number

4)     Credit or Debit Card No

Then this updated Encryption Law DOES imply to the Business.


Alternatively if a Business collects

1)     Employee’s Social Security Number

2)     Driver’s License No

Even if an employee is given an Employee ID No, since the SSN collected is tied to the Emp ID and stored, the New Nevada Encryption Law applies to all Employers.

Also the Encryption Law requires that no Data Storage Device with personal info be moved unless it’s encrypted. This applies in the form of Laptops, External Drives, PDA Phones.

One can read the Actual Nevada Encryption Law from here

Businesses are required to be in compliance as of Today, January 1, 2010. Those that are in compliance will be protected from any liability in the case of a security breach. Those that are not will be liable and it’s easy for Nevada State to find those not in compliance.


So if your firm is not in compliance and would like to protect itself and be in Compliance they can contact Data Security Consultant Ramit for a personal evaluation and for Full Disk Encryption Plans starting at $139.99/yr. We offer a Streamlined Solution where one can easily implement a complete implementation of managed protection services, including Full Disk Encryption and USB device encryption to machines within their enterprises – be onsite or in the field. Our Encryption Software can get your Laptop Protected in less than 6 minutes. CONTACT US for Encryption Advice.


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  1. Nevada can’t be the only state requiring such security demands on Businesses right? I suspect personal HEALTH information should also be included in the mix when it comes to personal privacy & security protection.

  2. @Neil : Massachusetts is another state that has similar requirements. I believe other states will follow as well soon.

  3. Related Story, twitter got cracked just 2 days ago. I guess nothing is untouchable.

  4. Javier Tarrats

    Very informative also easy to understand. Looking for more such posts!! Do you have a myspace or a facebook?
    I recommended it on stumbleupon. thank you for this information.

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