July 7, 2015
By Cory Bennett
Attorneys general from all 47 states with data breach notification laws are urging Congress not to preempt local rules with a federal standard. “Any additional protections afforded consumers by a federal law must not diminish the important role states already play protecting consumers from data breaches and identity theft,” they wrote in a letter sent to congressional leaders on Tuesday.
Lawmakers have been weighing a number of measures that would create nationwide guidelines for notifying customers in the wake of a hack that exposes sensitive information. Industry groups have argued that complying with the patchwork set of rules in each state is burdensome and costly.