WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wants Congress to require businesses to alert consumers and law enforcement agencies a lot quicker when there are significant data breaches like the recent incidents at Target and Neiman Marcus.
Holder said Congress should create a strong, national standard for notifying consumers whose information may have been compromised, giving them the power to protect themselves if they are at risk of identity theft.
Holder said action by Congress would enable law enforcement agencies to investigate such crimes thoroughly and would hold companies accountable when they fail to keep sensitive information safe.
The attorney general also said he favors exemptions for harmless breaches to avoid placing unnecessary burdens on businesses that act responsibly.
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