Posted by: Chase Millea
April 20, 2015
As nearly every analog form of communication transfers to a digital format, we input our personal data (e.g. credit card numbers, contact information) on a host of devices in an even greater number of settings. Do employers, retailers, and other users of the Internet have duties to protect personal information? In light of recent data breaches (including Target and Sony), many consumers are rightfully concerned that existing protections are insufficient.
Many states and the federal government are actively trying to combat breaches of personal privacy. For example, a U.S. House of Representatives bill seeks to improve responses to a data breach, including enhancing notice requirements for those whose data was compromised.
Interestingly, the bill also seeks to preempt state laws on the topic. If the proposed legislation becomes law, states would be prohibited form enacting supplemental legislation, which some argue would place consumers at similar or greater risk. In any event, companies have a strong incentive to ensure adequate privacy protections for employees and customers alike. Continue reading