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AG Holder Calls for National Breach Law

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 24, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder has called on Congress to enact federal data breach protection legislation, CNN reports. “A strong, national standard for quickly alerting consumers whose information may be compromised ... would empower the American people to protect themselves if they are at risk of identity theft,” he said. “It would enable law enforcement to better investigate these crimes—and hold compromised entities accountable when they fail to keep sensitive information safe." In response to claims this would overwhelm law enforcement, Holder said legislation should have exceptions for small breaches. Meanwhile, Bloomberg is reporting the hackers who compromised Neiman Marcus are almost definitely separate from those who attacked Target, and the number of cards affected is fewer than initially reported: a maximum of 350,000.
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