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Data breach notifications one step closer to law... again
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 09 November 2009 17:44

It's frustrating to be a consumer these days, especially knowing that your personal information could be exposed anytime there's a major data breach. Two new Senate bills aim to improve notification to customers when their information is exposed to thieves and, despite their shortfalls, experts  are  still holding out hope.

By Jacqui Cheng | Last updated November 9, 2009 11:44 AM CT


Every time there's a major data breach in retail or government, there's a chorus of frustrated customers trying to find out whether their information was exposed to would-be identity thieves. The problem is that it's near impossible to find out this information unless the organization in question takes the initiative to notify customers with exposed data. This, quite frankly, happens very slowly.

In response to this annoying trend, members of Congress have introduced legislation that would require organizations to notify customers when their information is no longer secure. None have passed as of yet—interest in such bills peaks when data breaches happen and wanes with the next news cycle—but there are currently two bills making their way through the system that show some promise. [ARS Technica...] [Comments...]


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