WASHINGTON, DC – Two new bills centered on cyber security were introduced in the U.S. Senate Thursday, although its a wonder anyone noticed with all the debt-ceiling debate brouhaha.
Sens. Thomas Carper, D-Del., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., introduced a bill that would require financial firms, retailers and federal agencies to guard private information investigate possible breaches and notify consumers if their information may have been compromised.
In a statement, Sen. Carper said, “At the very least, identity fraud can cause worry and confusion, and at the very most it can cause serious financial harm. We need to replace the current patchwork of state and federal regulations for identity theft with a national law that provides uniform protections across the country.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, introduced legislation requiring organizations to notify customers when their personally identifiable information is compromised.
“It is past time for Congress to pass a national breach notification standard to ensure that consumers are notified when their information is exposed so they can take the necessary steps to protect themselves,” Feinstein said.
Her Data Breach Notification Act of 2011 would also provide additional information to law enforcement agencies to help stop future attacks.
It’s too bad it took major security breaches at Citibank, Epsilon, Sony and others to stir Congressional action.
We also think it’s an industry shame that company’s as technologically sophisticated as Sony and Citibank require serious security breaches before they take the problem seriously.
There really should be a law…
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