MIAOULIS NOTE: We can all hope that this legislation passes as it would pre-empt the jumbled state laws and give everyone a single requirement to follow.
The United States House of Representatives took a major step this week toward enacting a national data breach notification law.
H.R. 2221, the Data Accountability and Trust Act (DATA), cleared the House with a voice vote. In its current form, DATA requires businesses to notify customers and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) if sensitive information has been exposed to a security breach.
If the U.S. Senate can reconcile its own approach to data breach notification legislation with DATA, a new federal standard will emerge. If signed into law by President Barack Obama, a federal data breach law would pre-empt the jumbled mass of dozens of state laws.