As our readers know, many of the 44 state data breach notification laws allow for (and may even require) a brief delay in notifying affected individuals of the breach if that notification would interfere with or impede a law enforcement investigation. Last week, the governor of Maine, emphasizing the importance of providing notice "as expediently as possible and without unreasonable delay, consistent with the legitimate needs of law enforcement," as articulated in the existing statute, amended that state’s data breach notification law. The amendment clarifies that notification may be delayed for no longer than 7 business days after a law enforcement agency determines that the notification will not compromise a criminal investigation. The amended language can be found here. It becomes effective 90 days following adjournment of Maine’s 124th Legislature.