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Rep. Mary Bono Mack proposes data breach legislation

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Companies that are breached by hackers who steal consumer information would have to notify customers within 48 hours of assessing and identifying the intrusion under a new data security bill by Rep. Mary Bono Mack.

The proposal is called the Secure and Fortify Electronic Data Act and the California Republican plans to unveil a draft of the legislation Wednesday at a hearing before her Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee.

A version of the bill made public Monday shows it tracks closely with legislation that cleared the Energy and Commerce Committee on a bipartisan vote in 2010, but the proposal makes key tweaks to the bill’s scope.

Bono Mack’s plan would make clear that a broad range of entities — from companies to third-party data holders such as “contracted cloud providers” — are covered under her proposed data breach law. Those companies would have to put in place rules that ensure they only collect and store as much data as they need, according to a Republican memo circulated ahead of the hearing.

If those providers’ servers are breached, however, companies would be required to notify law enforcement within 48 hours of discovering the intrusion, “unless that breach isdetermined to be inadvertent,” according to the memo.




by Tony Romm

Source: wisconsumerchoice.wordpress.com

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