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ANA Joins in Support of Federal Data Breach Legislation

May 22, 2014

ANA has joined with fifteen other industry groups to call for Congress to pass federal data breach legislation this year.  The industry letter is available here.

High-profile data breaches recently have increased the focus of policymakers and consumers on data security and privacy issues.  Several data security bills have been introduced in the Congress and at least five congressional committees have held hearings this year on the most recent breaches.  The White House report on “big data” which was released on May 1st called for federal data security legislation.  The time has come for Congress to approve a clear federal standard.  Data security bills have been introduced for several years and jurisdiction is spread across several congressional committees, however no decisive action has taken place.  ANA firmly believes the time for Congressional action is now on this increasingly critical issue.  A unified, federal law that preempts the patchwork of 47 inconsistent state laws would help businesses better comply with data breach standards and ensure the safety of customer data.

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