Retailers demand federal cybersecurity legislation

In a letter addressed to Congressional leaders of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, dozens of retail groups across the United States demanded the implementation of federal data protection legislation that would establish clear guidelines for businesses in the event of a breach.

Signed by 44 state and national organizations representing retailers, including the National Retail Federation, the National Restaurant Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the letter urged Congress to “standardize reasonable, timely notification of sensitive data breaches whenever and wherever they occur.”

The letter, which dates back to November 6, reiterates the recent data breach incidents that have shaken the industry – as well as the millions of customers affected, listing the infamous JP Morgan Chase network intrusion, Apple’s iCloud scandal, as well as the breach at a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contractor.

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Source: The State of Security

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