An anonymous reader writes with news that a bill is being drafted by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Cal) that would make it mandatory for companies to notify the government within 48 hours of discovering a data breach. "Mack's discussion draft promises to 'protect consumers by requiring reasonable security policies and procedures to protect data containing personal information, and to provide for nationwide notice in the event of a security breach.' According to a background staff memo, the Secure and Fortify Electronic Data [SAFE Data] Act, is based on a bill that passed the House in the last Congress. ... Mack spokesman Ken Johnson said there could be a few tweaks before it is formally introduced. 'But it’s safe to say that we are going to have an aggressive timetable in place for moving the bill through subcommittee and full committee,' Johnson said. 'Consumers want something done soon.'"
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