The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade’s markup of The Data Security and Breach Notification Act:
“We commend the Subcommittee for moving forward with bipartisan legislation designed to enhance business and consumer protections against data theft. Thanks to the leadership of Chairman Burgess, R-Texas and his colleagues, including Committee Vice Chair Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. and Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., we are one step closer to enactment of an effective and uniform national standard for data breach notification.
“In that vein, we are particularly pleased that the Subcommittee approved the amendment offered by Rep. Pompeo, and supported by Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., which will close third-party notice holes. Thanks to the Pompeo Amendment, consumers will receive more effective notification about breaches and, most importantly, businesses will be incentivized to enhance their data security practices.
“As we highlighted in our testimony before the Subcommittee last week, the retail industry supports a strong and effective data breach notification law that would enhance consumer protections and provide a uniform data breach notification standard for all businesses and firms handling sensitive customer data with equal or equivalent requirements and obligations.”
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 United States and more than 45 countries.