To the applause of cable and wireless operators, a trio of Senators has introduce a bill that preempts what they say is a "messy patchwork" of state data breach notification laws and replace it with a single, national standard.
In the event of data breaches, "the bill would direct companies possessing personal data to notify consumers by mail, email or telephone if their information is stolen. Senator Toomey introduced an identical measure last year," the office of bill sponsor Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said.
It would also require companies to take "reasonable steps" to protect personal information.
Bill co-sponsors include John Thune (R-S.D.) and Angus King (I-Me.)
"We commend Senator Toomey for the introduction of S. 1193 the 'Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2013'," said the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, "andespecially appreciate that the bill takes the long-overdue step of establishing a level playing field that treats cable on the same basis as other covered entities. We look forward to working with Senator Toomey and other Members of the Senate to bring this legislation to the Senate floor.”
"CTIA welcomes the introduction of the Data Security and Breach Notification Act," said CTIA VP, government affairs, Dot Carpenter. "By advancing a proposal that offers a comprehensive, uniform approach to data security and breach notification, Senators Toomey, Thune and King demonstrate that it is possible to protect consumers while providing clear, consistent guidelines to businesses.
Their bipartisan leadership is greatly appreciated."