Federal Data Security Law: ‘Careful What You Wish For’

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bill Brenner writes:

A federal cybersecurity law edged closer to reality late last week when the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to protect the personal data of Americans. The bill is a bipartisan effort sponsored by Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and co-sponsored by former Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, that would, among other things, force companies and data brokers to institute data privacy and security programs.

It’s exactly what many security experts have been calling for — one federal law that would supersede the growing mountain of state data security laws and give enterprises a simplified, one-size-fits-all roadmap to work from.

And yet, when asked if a federal law is a good idea Tuesday during a panel discussion on the seventh-annual Global Information Security survey, which CSO and CIO magazines conducted with PricewaterhouseCoopers (see survey results here), one attendee who happens to work for the federal government deadpanned, “Careful what you wish for.”

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