House data breach bill may be tightened

Reuters reports:

A congresswoman may strengthen a data breach bill to quell concerns it would do too little to force companies to alert customers of data breaches promptly.

The draft version of the bill from Rep. Mary Bono Mack requires companies that experience a breach to tell law enforcement within 48 hours and to begin notifying consumers within 48 hours of when the company completes an assessment of the hack.

At the House hearing on Wednesday, other lawmakers expressed concern that allowing companies to wait until an assessment was done could allow them to stall on informing customers.

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