Equifax breach puts new energy into data legislation - Washington Examiner

The congressional itch to "do something" on cybersecurity is especially pronounced after the Equifax breach, but whether lawmakers will go large, small or not at all is decidedly unclear.  Equifax affected so many consumers that lawmakers from both parties seem more determined than usual to make something happen on consumer data security and breach notification legislation that has stalled over multiple Congresses.  The Senate leadership, like that in the House, will be looking to see whether lawmakers can get over their jurisdictional and substantive differences this time before committing floor time to legislation.  That will be the test for whether intense interest in “doing something" actually translates into a new national approach to data security and consumer notification of breaches — after 145 million Americans learned their most sensitive financial data was now for sale on the digital black market.

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