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Lawmakers Push for Answers, Investigation

DATA LOSS—U.S.

April 11, 2011

The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade wrote to e-mail marketing company Epsilon last week giving it an April 18 deadline for delivering information on the company's recent data breach. Tech Daily Dose reports that while the data exposed in the breach was limited to names and e-mail addresses, lawmakers worry that phishing e-mails could lead "an unwitting consumer into financial disaster," subcommittee members Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) wrote. Meanwhile, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) is asking the U.S. attorney general to investigate the breach and look into whether civil or criminal charges should be filed against the company, reports ConsumerAffairs.com. Blumenthal says Epsilon should be required to notify all those affected and offer them free credit reporting services and insurance.
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