FCC proposes stricter requirements for reporting data breaches

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The Federal Communications Commission is the next US regulator hoping to keep companies More accountable for data breaches, President Jessica Rosenworcel share Proposal to create a rule that would introduce stricter requirements for data breach reporting. Most notably, the new rules would require notifications for customers affected by “unintentional” breaches — companies that leave data exposed Just like victims of cyberattacks, they have to be communicative.

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The requirements will also eliminate the mandatory one-week waiting period for notifying customers. In the meantime, carriers must disclose reportable breaches to the FCC in addition to the FBI and Secret Service.

Rosenworcel argued that the “evolving nature” of the breaches and the risks posed to victims required tougher regulations. People must be protected against bigger and more frequent incidents, the FCC chairman said — that is, the rules need to catch up with reality.


The FCC did not say when the proposal could come up for vote, although the next open meeting of the FCC is scheduled for January 27. There is no guarantee that the Commission will approve the new requirements. However, it would not be surprising if the regulations go ahead. While companies are now more likely to disclose breaches, there have been several high-profile incidents where those firms took too long to alert customers or didn’t inform them at all, The new measures could reduce that wait time, giving people a better chance at keeping their data safe and preventing fraud.

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Nerdshala,

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