Congress Works To Revamp Privacy Laws

January 5, 2010 – In The News
Compliance Week

The House of Representatives has started to take on the country’s data privacy laws, hoping to pass a bill that will set federal standards for when corporations must disclose privacy breaches and require them to adopt measures to secure customers’ personal information.

Mark McCreary doesn’t expect the House bill to gain much traction. McCreary says the proposed House measure is problematic because it’s less stringent than some states’ laws, and its triggers for notification are unclear.

“Like the long line of dead bills that have tried to do something similar in the past, I don’t think it stands much of a chance,” he says. “Under many (situations), if a company asks the question, ‘Do we have to comply with this?’ it’s hard to say yes or no.”

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