Government scolded for data breach notification delays

Aliya Sternstein reports:

The Obama administration in recent weeks has recommended that companies move more quickly to alert customers when their personal data is compromised. Now internal auditors are recommending the federal government listen to its own advice.

In a report released Thursday, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration dinged the IRS for not notifying taxpayers in a timely fashion — or at all — when their personal information was inadvertently exposed.

Letters were sent out to victims 86 days after the fact in 20 percent of the breaches, among a sample of 100 incidents between July 2010 and February 2011.

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