Two Cybersecurity Bills Introduced in Senate
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.July 29, 2011
TechJournal South reports that two bills focusing on data breach response have been introduced into the U.S. Senate. One bill, introduced by Sens. Thomas Carper (D-DE) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), would require financial institutions, retailers and federal agencies to protect personal information, investigate breaches and notify customers of a breach. "We need to replace the current patchwork of state and federal regulations for identity theft with a national law that provides uniform protections across the country," said Carper. Meanwhile, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) has introduced the Data Breach Notification Act of 2011, which would require organizations to notify customers when their personal information is breached. "It is past time," Feinstein said, "for congress to pass a national breach notification standard."