SC Hacking notification deadlines approaching

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina is up against some states' deadlines for notifying residents when their personal data has been stolen.

Still, experts note state notification laws provide plenty of leeway.

Gov. Nikki Haley says the state will notify the 3.8 million tax filers whose data was stolen. Her spokesman said Friday letters and emails should go out within two weeks.

Revenue officials estimate 1.3 million of those filers live outside South Carolina.

Like South Carolina, most states give a non-specific timeline for disclosure. But several states require notice no later than 45 days after a breach is discovered.

The 45th day appears to be Saturday.

But Haley's office says it had to wait to learn precisely whose data was taken. A state-contracted attorney says it could be argued the clock started Monday.