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Monday, June 20, 2005

Senate Takes Up Data Security Law - June 15, 2005
With growing evidence that Americans want new data privacy laws, the U.S. Senate opens a series of hearing today on legislative solutions to data breaches and identity theft. Thursday's full Senate Commerce Committee hearing will not specifically address any of the several bills introduced in the 109th Congress, which combat identity theft and force data brokers to disclose breaches of personal information to consumers.

The Chapell View
Not much new information here. Consumers are drawing a connection between ID theft and Internet usage - and in some cases are curtailing their use of the Internet as a result. While Spyware and online scams certainly have played a part in ID theft, most of the ID theft cases of any significance over the past six months are a result of offline data breaches. The Choicepoint scandal had nothing to do with the Internet, and neither did the recent MasterCard data breach.

posted by Isaac on Monday, June 20, 2005

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