White House to Push Two New Data Legislation Acts on Personal Data
Consumers and businesses pay the most when it comes to data breaches. It appears that the White House is taking action to try and develop the rules by which companies have to notify their clients in the case of future data breaches. WTOP reports today that President Obama on his lead up to his State of the Union speech on January 20 will introduce legislation that will specifically focus on personally identifiable information.
The proposed legislation would mandate that businesses that experience data or security breaches would need to notify customers within 30 days of the incident. The Personal Data Notification and Protection Act would also curb the sharing of that personal information overseas.
WTOP also reports that the White House would introduce the Student Digital Privacy Act that would prohibit sharing of student data to third parties. That second act is in reaction to the growing use of cloud and other computing platforms where student data is now stored including personal data, contact information and other information that should remain private.
The story shows a clear drive by the administration to send lawmakers a message that it is taking such data breaches as a high priority as it sets its agenda for the coming year.