Obama to Call for Laws Covering Data Hacking and Student Privacy

President Obama on Monday called for federal legislation intended to force American companies to be more forthcoming when credit card data and other consumer information are lost in an online breach like the kind that hit Sony, Target and Home Depot last year.The Personal Data Notification and Protection Act would demand a single, national standard requiring companies to inform their customers within 30 days of discovering their data has been hacked. In a speech Monday at the Federal Trade Commission, Mr. Obama said that the current patchwork of state laws does not protect Americans and is a burden for companies that do business across the country.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/12/us/politics/obama-to-call-for-laws-covering-data-hacking-and-student-privacy.htmlAlso see:Barack Obama calls for stronger data privacy laws
US President Barack Obama has unveiled new proposals on how consumers’ personal data is handled.Mr Obama called for legislation that will require firms to inform customers of data breaches within 30 days as well as protect students’ information.He said identify theft and other cyber attacks were a “direct threat to the economic security” of Americans.
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30779848President Proposes National Breach Notification Standard
Lacking precious detail, President Obama today proposed a national data breach notification standard, legislation that would mandate breached companies notify affected consumers inside of 30 days.The national law would supersede the current collection of state laws that govern notification currently.”Right now, every state has a different law,” Obama said in introducing the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act before the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. “It’s confusing for consumers and companies, and costly to comply with this patchwork of laws.”
http://threatpost.com/president-proposes-national-breach-notification-standard/110363More than 70 companies just signed a pledge to protect student data privacy — with some notable exceptions
President Obama on Monday said his administration will take major steps to protect the privacy of students who use software in the classroom — and make sure that the data collected in schools is only used for educational purposes.”Parents have a legitimate concern about those kinds of practice,” said Obama in a speech at the Federal Trade Commission. “I hope Congress joins us in this national movement to protect the privacy of our children.”
www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/01/12/more-than-70-companies-just-signed-a-pledge-to-protect-student-data-privacy-with-some-notable-exceptions/President Obama just made a big privacy announcement. Here’s what you need to know.
President Obama is announcing a major legislative push aimed at helping to safeguard your privacy. With his speech Monday, Obama’s signaling that identity theft and consumer protection will be top priorities for his administration in 2015; already, the White House is saying that these issues will be raised again in this year’s State of the Union address. Here’s what the president is announcing, in plain English.

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