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Is Congressional Response to Target Breach Off-Target?

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

January 10, 2014

Following the high-profile hack of Target just before Christmas—an incident affecting as many as 70 million customers—“there has been understandable anxiety on the part of consumers and concern by lawmakers about how to respond to large-scale breaches of this type,” writes Steptoe & Johnson Partner Jason Weinstein. Several lawmakers are calling for hearings on Capitol Hill and some have reintroduced data privacy legislation. In this post for Privacy Perspectives, Weinstein notes that the “congressional focus on consumer protection is certainly laudable,” but adds, “if the congressional response focuses entirely on breach notification and on strengthening the hand of the FTC, then Congress will be, well, off-target.”
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