Davis reintroduces federal breach-reporting act to House

Share this article:

Rep. Tom Davis, R.-Va., reintroduced the Federal Agency Data Breach Protection Act today, which would require victims of federal data breaches to be notified in a timely manner and mandates agencies have practices and standards in place to do that.

The bill was originally introduced on Sept. 26, 2006 in the previous session of Congress, but the Senate never acted on it.

The legislation was devised following the theft last year of the Department of Veterans Affairs laptop, which contained the personal information of some 26 million veterans.

Tim Bennett, the newly appointed president of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance, said in a statement today that he was pleased the bill was reintroduced and that he hopes this will clear the way for a national breach notification law.

Such a goal seems inevitable.

Meanwhile, two national breach alert bills were approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, although they differ in what threshold would require reporting to authorities and customers.

The Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2007 requires companies to report if the lost or stolen data posed "significant" risk to customers, while the Notification of Risk to Personal Data Act of 2007, introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., names "reasonable risk" of harm as the threshold, according to a report in the Washington Post.

The former bill, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., also requires data brokers to inform the public about what information they have on file about them – and then let these individuals correct any mistakes.

Share this article:

Sign up to our newsletters

More in News

Brazilian president signs internet 'Bill of Rights' into law

Brazilian president signs internet 'Bill of Rights' into ...

President Dilma Rousseff signed the legislation on Wednesday at the NetMundial conference in Sao Paulo.

Android trojan sends premium SMS messages, targets U.S. users for first time

Android trojan sends premium SMS messages, targets U.S. ...

An SMS trojan for Android, known as FakeInst, has been observed sending premium SMS messages to users all over the world, including, for the first time, the United States.

Report: DDoS up in Q4 2013, vulnerability scanners leveraged to exploit sites

Report: DDoS up in Q4 2013, vulnerability scanners ...

Researchers observed 346 DDoS attacks in the final quarter of 2013 and attackers used Vega and Skipfish vulnerability scanners to exploit web flaws at financial companies.