U.S. Privacy Guidelines No Longer Suggestions

Posted January 15, 2015

President Prepares Comprehensive Online Privacy Bill of Rights to Be Announced at Upcoming State of the Union

A recent study has nine out of ten Americans feeling they’ve lost control of their personal information. A number of breaches, including that of Sony which exposed reams of employees’ personal data, only added to the public’s perception that its personal data is at risk. In the administration’s view, the threat of having personal information compromised could discourage many from taking advantage of the latest technological innovations and have a negative impact on the entire economy.

In a broadcastingcable.com story, John Eggerton lays out what the administration is proposing for the new law which will likely be addressed by President Obama in his upcoming January 20 State of the Union address. (ThreatMetrx® will be having more to say on this topic leading up to January 28, Data Privacy Day.) The following has been excerpted from his article and edited to fit our format. You may find the full story by clicking on this link.

Back to the future

The Administration will, within 45 days, release a revised legislative proposal for making its 2012 privacy Bill of Rights the new law of the land. The Commerce Department, which has been working with industry and public interest groups on voluntary codes of conduct related to various privacy issues—to mixed reviews of the success of those efforts—has completed its vetting of revised draft legislation that would turn those principles into laws.

30 day breach notice

[The] Personal Data Notification & Protection Act legislation…would “clarify and strengthen” notification obligations for hacks of customers’ personal information, including requiring breach notification within 30 days.

Chase and B of A

To help identify and better prevent identify theft, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America will make credit scores available for free to consumer credit card customers. “Over half of all adult Americans with credit scores will now have access to this tool to help spot identity theft, through their banks, card issuers, or lenders,” the White House said.

Data collected for education is only used for education

Proposing the Student Digital Privacy Act,…would ensure that data collected for educational purposes is only used for those purposes. The law is based on a similar California statute and [builds] on a Big Data report released by the White House earlier this year.

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