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Bill Would Establish National Standard for Cyber Breach Notification

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-Rhode Island) has reintroduced a bill that would standardize industry efforts to notify victims of cyber attacks.

A press release posted Monday on Langevin’s website said the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act would give companies 30 days to notify affected individuals following the discovery of a breach of sensitive personal information.

The legislation would also direct the Federal Trade Commission to support breach notification activities, which must be done through mail, telephone or e-mail.

Langevin revived the bill after credit reporting company Equifax confirmed earlier this month that a breach of its systems exposed sensitive information of 143 million consumers.

The lawmaker noted that the proposed legislation is designed to replace 48 state breach notification laws with a nationwide standard as well as strengthen companies’ obligations to disclose cyber attacks that could affect consumers.

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