William Noonan: Legislative Action Needed to Bolster Consumer Data Protection

William Noonan, the U.S. Secret Service’s head of cyber investigations, has urged Congress to require businesses to notify consumers and law enforcement agencies in the event of a data breach, FCW reported Wednesday.

Adam Mazmanian writes that Noonan appeared at a House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit hearing Wednesday.

“While there is no single solution to prevent data breaches of U.S. customer information, legislative action could help to improve the nation’s cybersecurity, reduce regulatory costs on U.S. companies, and strengthen law enforcement’s ability to conduct effective investigations,” Noonan told lawmakers, according to the report.

FCW reports that Congress is investigating massive data breach incidents that occurred at retailers Target and Neiman Marcus.

Senators have proposed bills to enforce privacy and data protection standards in private industry and centralize data reporting at the DHS.

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