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Data Security Revisited at Congressional Hearing

Sony and Epsilon executives testify

Washington, DC
Thursday, June 2, 2011

In late April, Sony’s PlayStation Network announced 77 million users’ data had been breached. In response, the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Chairwoman Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) has been holding a series of hearings on the threat of data theft to American consumers.

Tim Schaaff, Sony Network Entertainment International president, testified at today's Committee hearing about Sony's handling of the hacker attacks. Another security breach victim, e-mail marketing firm Epsilon, sent their general council Jeanette Fitzgerald to also address the committee.

Congresswoman Mack is presiding over the hearing and has been publicly critical of Sony's handling of the data breach. Committee members are asking a series of follow-up questions from last month's hearing on how Sony hopes to improve security in the future.
The Committee is discussing the creation of a federal data breach notification bill. The law would be designed to protect customer's personal information when it is lost or stolen.
Both Sony and Epsilon declined to testify at a hearing earlier this month because of their ongoing internal investigations. 

Updated: Monday, June 6, 2011 at 2:16pm (ET)

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