Is the Federal ‘Cyber Security Proposal’ a Step Backwards?


An article on reports on a recent federal proposal to standardize how the public is notified of a data breach. After all, since 2005, the credit-card data and personal identifying information contained in more than 500-million files have been accessed by countless unauthorized persons. However, as the article notes, this proposal “is a step backwards, not forwards, [because] the disclosure provisions are problematic. First of all, for the most part they preempt state laws, which are often more stringent than this federal law.” The author of the article — the co-founder of Identity Theft 911 — also points out that “if more than 500-million files (that we know about) have been breached and about 17% of the individuals in those databases have suffered personal compromises, what happened to the other 83%? There is no Identity Fairy. There is no magic trunk into which all uncompromised identities are swept.”

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.