Picking up on President Obama’s challenge to enact a national breach law, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) will hold a hearing, headlined “Getting it Right on Data Breach and Notification Legislation in the 114th Congress,”
convene the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. for its first hearing of the 114th Congress entitled, “.” The hearing will feature testimony from experts to inform committee efforts in crafting a federal data breach bill, and will focus on issues including the consumer benefits of a uniform federal law in place of disparate state laws, the timeliness of notification to consumers, and how sensitive personally identifiable information should be defined. “Data security is an increasingly important topic to Americans,” said Moran. “In light of recent data breaches, consumers and companies have called for policy changes in this area. This hearing will help the Committee gain a better understanding of how to develop a clear and consistent national data breach notification standard that will help both companies and consumers when they face data security challenges.” Under Senate rules, the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has jurisdiction over interstate commerce and the regulation of consumer products and services, including how companies keep and store sensitive personal information about customers or employees.