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Senator: Web Legislation Needed Now

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

May 9, 2011

In a report for The New York Times, Nick Bilton poses the question of which federal law would apply when hackers breach consumer privacy by infiltrating companies' servers to harvest PII. The answer is none, he writes, which--when combined with high-profile breaches in recent weeks--has fueled the fire on Capitol Hill to see federal legislation enacted. "There needs to be new legislation," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), adding, "Companies need to be held accountable and need to pay significantly when private and confidential information is imperiled." One privacy expert pointed out, however, that proposed legislation may not be able to keep up with advances in technology. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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