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A number of U.S. senators have introduced data security and breach notification legislation following the Target and Neiman Marcus incidents. Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), John Rockefeller (D-WV), Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) have introduced the Data Security and Breach Notification Act. The bill would require the Federal Trade Commission to release a set of security standards for businesses holding consumer data. Calls for chip-and-PIN technology are increasing as well. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) also plans to introduce the Commercial Bill of Rights, noting that, “Target was just the tip of the iceberg.” Representatives from Target and Neiman Marcus will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers survey canvassed those who oversee privacy within their organizations and found that though some data security awareness is growing, “privacy awareness isn’t quite where it should be.” In other breach news, KrebsonSecurity reports that White Lodging, a business with connections to Hilton, Marriot, Sheraton and Westin, has allegedly suffered a data breach exposing credit and debit card information on thousands of customers.
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