A coalition of Democratic senators are calling for tougher privacy laws and steep fines and penalties for companies that fail to protect their customers’ data from data breaches in the wake of Marriott’s admission that hackers gained access to personal information of nearly 500 million customers. These senators have said the penalties should apply to companies both large and small, and that Congress must set limits on how much customer data U.S. companies are allowed to store for a period of time. One senator went so far as to proclaim that senior executives who blatantly ignore customer data privacy should face jail time.

This call for greater consumer privacy is reminiscent of German data laws, which are very strict and all for the protection of the consumer. Indeed if such a law is passed in the U.S., it would set a strong precedent for future situations like this.  If such stiff penalties and jail time existed, it would certainly encourage the greater protection of consumer privacy and data by companies and corporations. This is, after all, one of the bigger threats of our time.

 

-Sarah

Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-cybersecurity-202/2018/12/03/the-cybersecurity-202-senators-call-for-data-breach-penalties-tougher-privacy-laws-after-marriott-hack/5c0436431b326b60d12800d2/?utm_term=.8346046d7970