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The rash of high-profile IT security breaches, data thefts, and other hacks that have erupted over the last year or so may push US legislators to consider laws similar to Europe's privacy-protecting GDPR.
This is according to Representative Will Hurd (R-TX), who told attendees at the Aspen Cyber Summit in San Francisco today that revisiting the EU's hard-line safeguards for personal information, activated in May, could be on the agenda in America when a Democrat-controlled House begins its next session in January. For the next two months, Republicans still hold that side of Congress.
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"One of the things we will be looking at is GDPR. Is it working, is it not working, is it something that we may be moving to?" Hurd told attendees at the cyber-shindig. "A year ago, the answer would have been not 'no,' but '**** no.' I think more people are open to that now because of some of the breaches."
Indeed, the GOP had no time for the EU's drive strictly regulate how companies collect, store, and share customer information, giving GDPR short shrift. A Dem-led House may have other ideas. And although the Senate is still controlled by the Republications, and thus may block any attempt to develop a GDPR-style regime in America, the mega-hacks in recent months and years may change some of their minds.
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From what we've gathered, a string of high-profile computer network breaches seems to have changed attitudes, and Washington DC may be willing...
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