Privacy Advisor

Europe debates mandatory data breach notifications

Mathew Schwartz hears from all sides of Europe’s ongoing breach notification debate. The European commission sparked the debate in 2007 when it suggested breach reporting requirements for telecom companies and Internet service providers. Some European officials support such a mandate, with some even suggesting that it cover all entities handling private data. Others think the rule would lead to “breach fatigue” and public apathy. They assert that more investigative powers and more meaningful fines for breaches are the answer to this growing data breach problem.

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