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Hurdles still pop up. Not only does Congress have other priorities on its plate, such as the war in Afghanistan or the Gulf spill, its members also are having a hard time agreeing to the terms of a federal data breach notification law. When should a breach be reported? Should such a law apply to federal agencies? The list goes on. Yet another consideration I haven't heard much about is just how breach notification is to be enforced.
Editorial Will a federal data breach bill help? A s organizations try to maintain some ust haven’t heard much about is just how breach modicum of control over what many notiﬁcation is to be enforced. executives believe is the drudgery of The Identity Theft Resource Center e compliance with 46 state data breach notiﬁca- (ITRC) states that many data exposures tion laws, yet another one at the federal level are underreported despite the existence has been introduced into the U.S. Congress. of strict state laws. One example the ple Early last month, Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., group called out in a BankInfoSecurity. oSecurity. and John Rockefeller, D-W.Va., showcased com news item was a New York list of rk their breach notiﬁcation bill, which would data breaches made public this year, is require organizations to notify victims of data which cited more than 200 breaches that eaches loss within 60 days. had not been reported to news media. s This is just one proposed federal breach Lackadaisical reporting not only com- nly notiﬁcation bill. Recently reintroduced, the pounds these victims’ privacy problems, Data Security Act of 2010, would require some but also helps cybercriminals launch companies and federal agencies to notify con- the same attacks on other businesses, inesses,
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