Data Security and Breach Notification Legislation

Earlier this year, the Target and Neiman Marcus data breaches reminded consumers how vulnerable their data is.  Many thought that these incidents would be a wake-up call for the Congress to enact federal data security and breach notification laws.  As news stories chronicled these and other security incidents, members on both sides of the aisle called for such legislation.  But, despite numerous hearings, the introduction of bills, countless speeches, and near daily headlines on data security and privacy, legislation has stalled and seems unlikely to be enacted anytime soon.

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