U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stated Monday that the Federal Government should pursue the passing of legislation which would require, by law, that businesses notify those affected customers who have lost personal information during a breach of system security, according to an article published on the PC World website. The article indicates that a “data-breach notification law” would assist the federal government – namely the U.S. Department of Justice – to effectively fight cyber-crime – while also protecting “privacy” and preventing “identity theft“.
Holder was quoted in the article to say, “As we’ve seen—especially in recent years—these crimes are becoming all too common. And although Justice Department officials are working closely with the FBI and prosecutors across the country to bring cybercriminals to justice, it’s time for leaders in Washington to provide the tools we need to do even more: by requiring businesses to notify American consumers and law enforcement in the wake of significant data breaches.”
According to this report, the Obama administration has been supporting “a national data-breach law” while some members of the congressional body have called for “notification rules for nearly a decade, but lawmakers have been unable to pass a law.” The article also quoted Holder to state, “This would empower the American people to protect themselves if they are at risk of identity theft. It would enable law enforcement to better investigate these crimes—and hold compromised entities accountable when they fail to keep sensitive information safe.”
The report further confirmed that currently “more than 45 U.S. states have data-breach notification laws.”