The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued the following statement today from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the president’s announcement on data breach notification:
“We applaud the president and his administration in their continued efforts to push and enact cyber and data security policies that protect consumers while providing much-needed focus on concrete steps that can be taken now in order to protect consumers and businesses alike from cyber criminals.
“The retail industry has been actively engaged in working with a number of stakeholders on solutions to a problem that is not unique to a single industry and continues to grow in size, scope and cost. The National Retail Federation has long-supported a national and preemptive data breach notification standard and law.
“From mandating credit cards for federal government employees that require both a PIN and chip to advocating for a uniform federal data breach notification law, the President is moving the conversation and taking affirmative steps that will help retailers and their customers battle cyber fraud and abuse.”
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the U.S. and more than 45 countries.