Notification of Risk to Personal Data Act Introduced

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on June 30, 2003

On June 26, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced legislation, S. 1350 (the Notification of Risk to Personal Data Act) “to require businesses or government agencies to notify individuals if a database has been broken into and personal data has been compromised, including Social Security numbers, driver’s licenses and credit cards. The bill is modeled, in part, on a California law that will come into effect on July 1.”

  • Press release: Senator Feinstein Seeks to Ensure Individuals are Notified when Personal Information is Stolen from Databases
  • From CNN: “The stipulations of the bill are in direct conflict with efforts by the Bush administration to keep such details hidden from the public, in the hope that hacking victims will notify the FBI and other government agencies when such incidents occur. The FBI director and some top U.S. prosecutors told technology executives recently that they will increasingly work to keep the secret the names of companies that fall victim to major hacking attacks.”
  • In related news, see my previous posting, The Long Reach of California Privacy Law, here
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