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In Testimony, FTC Supports Security, Notification Measures

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

September 23, 2010

In testimony before a senate subcommittee yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) associate director for privacy and identity protection said the commission supports proposed legislation that would require companies to use reasonable data security policies and to notify consumers when there is a security breach. According to an FTC press release, Maneesha Mithal told the Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance Subcommittee that "The commission believes that notification in appropriate circumstances can be beneficial." The testimony also suggests three measures to be included into the proposed legislation, including one to grant the agency rulemaking authority to "determine circumstances under which providing free credit reports or credit monitoring may not be warranted."
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