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Attorney General Eric Holder is urging Congress to require businesses to quickly alert consumers and law enforcement agencies in the wake of a significant data breach, similar to the ones at Target and Neiman Marcus, The Associated Press reports.
Holder said that Congress should create a strong, national standard for notifying consumers whose information may have been compromised. He said that action by Congress would enable law enforcement agencies to investigate such crimes thoroughly and would hold companies accountable when they fail to keep sensitive information safe, the article says.
In a video on the Justice Department’s website, Holder added that he favors exemptions for harmless breaches to avoid placing any unnecessary burdens on businesses that act responsibly.