Uber Technologies Inc.’s admission Tuesday that it waited a year to disclose a massive data breach could put the company in the crosshairs of a California law that mandates prompt notification—both to the public and to state regulators—of significant cyberattacks.

California’s 14-year-old data breach notification law, the first of its kind in the nation, requires government agencies and companies that do business in the state to alert customers if their unencrypted personal information is exposed. Breaches affecting more than 500 customers must also be reported to the California attorney general’s office, which maintains details about security breaches in a public database.

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