Notification May Come, Consensus Needed
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.February 9, 2012
Lawmakers in Washington, DC, have cited large-scale data breaches as reason for data protection and breach notification laws, but little progress has been made, reports POLITICO. Some stakeholders are now hopeful that the laws could be addressed in amendments to an upcoming Senate cybersecurity reform bill drafted by Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jay Rockefeller (D-WV). While the current draft does not contain specifics on notification or safeguards, a spokeswoman for Lieberman says the senator would "be happy to consider" the issue. The report states, however, that "In the Senate, reform efforts remain disparate--with multiple committees pitching multiple bills," but stakeholders believe amending this bill would put "the issue in front of the full chamber and could raise its odds of becoming law this year."