AU: Data breach laws won’t help: Verizon

Darren Pauli reports:

A top information forensic specialist has said that mandatory data breach legislation will not reduce the number of data breaches, despite industry calls for such laws to be introduced.

Industry figures have been asking for such legislation since the government looked into the issue as part of a national overhaul of privacy laws.

Data breach disclosure laws would aim to force companies to disclose when a breach occurs. The hope is that the disclosure would allow customers to be able to make a choice based on their companies’ behaviour. Companies ideally would be shamed to lift their game.

But Verizon forensics investigations response chief Mark Goudie said that when the laws were introduced into the United States, they did little more than trigger a short run of headlines.

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