Recent Breaches Highlight Need for Laws
DATA LOSS—AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALANDFebruary 4, 2011
Recent data breaches across Australia and New Zealand are prompting calls for new legislation, ZDNet reports. Citing recent high-profile data breach incidents, the report points out that companies are not required to notify the public about breaches, prompting author Suzanne Tindal to ponder how many breaches are actually disclosed. "We can force them out of those comfy little dark holes they so love to hide in via data breach laws," she writes, adding, "Unfortunately, such laws are still a long way off...I for one wish the process could be accelerated. Because until companies are forced to be accountable for any mess they create, there's no real incentive not to create it."