TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced May 7 that his office plans to open a new branch that will be called the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity (DPC) Section and will handle civil enforcement of data privacy laws.

The new group will fall under the Division of Law’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement Practice Group and will be staffed by attorneys from the Division of Law. The group’s two main roles will be protecting New Jersey residents from cybersecurity violations and providing legal advice to New Jersey’s executive branch as it relates to cybersecurity.

“The Attorney General’s Office has long played a role in protecting our residents from cyber threats, but given recent developments, we realized that we needed to double down on those efforts,” Grewal said in a statement. “That’s why we are creating a new unit of attorneys dedicated to enforcing data privacy and cybersecurity laws. This unit will be tasked with making sure that we’re looking out for the interests of New Jersey’s residents whenever there’s a major data breach or improper use of customers’ online information.”

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