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Law would require firms to give notice of hacked accounts

Embarrassed businesses and government agencies would have to notify consumers under a proposed law if hackers break into computers and steal some types of personal information, including Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and credit card information. The bill, introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein, a senior member on the Judiciary Committee, follows a similar California law with slightly tougher provisions that takes effect next week. Both Feinstein’s proposal and the new California law contrast with efforts by the Bush administration to keep from the public details about major computer crimes to encourage hacking victims to notify the FBI and other government investigators. The FBI director and some top US prosecutors assured technology executives just months ago they will increasingly work to keep secret the names of companies that become victims to major hacking crimes. Full Story

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