Saturday, March 05, 2005

~ historical record of information security breaches is dredged up ~

The breaches of the information databases and the reaction in legislation is recounted here.
A series of security break-ins is kick-starting a political drive to reshape federal laws that dictate how companies protect personal information--and what they have to do if that data leaks out.
But, lest it all seem gloomy, this reporter tosses a glimmer of light.
Another wrinkle in the political landscape is the growing reliance of federal watchdogs, such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, on identity-verification services purchased from companies like ChoicePoint and Acxiom. That reliance may make the Bush administration less willing to embrace aggressive regulation in the area.