More recently it isn’t just the public that are being targeted with personal information theft, but companies as well. This is the reason behind some of Silicon Valley’s technology heavyweights uniting to create national laws to protect citizens and companies alike.
Current laws vary from state to state and then there are some federal rules added to these to create much confusion and inconsistency in dealing with identity theft.
EBay, Hewlett-Packard, Google, Intel, Oracle, Sun Microsystems and Microsoft are some of the near dozen companies stepping into the privacy fight after years of shying away from a broad law. The group called the Consumer Privacy Legislative Forum has come together during the last few months.
The idea is that the rules are simple enough to comply with while at the same time strong enough to convince people their privacy is fully protected. Past efforts to create such a bill were unsuccessful for the simple reason that Congress was uninterested. The most recent breaches in security of technological data should draw their interest now that several government agencies were involved.
It is hoped that a bill will be fully worked out and introduced to legislation by the end of the year. Some of issues looking to be included are providing consumers with the right to know when their personal information is being released, who is the recipient of the data and for what reason do they have access. Consumers should have the right to approve whether sensitive information can be released and having that data will allow consumers to be aware.
It is time we all rally behind continuity of laws and regulations on sharing and distributing of our personal information. The other aspect of these laws is to make penalties for those taking the data stiffer. It is still something that happens regularly. Just this past month the Veterans Administration lost the identities of millions of veterans and active duty personnel.
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