Calif. Bill Would Make Retailers Liable In Data Breaches

By Kira Lerner (April 7, 2014, 6:51 PM EDT) -- Two California lawmakers introduced a bill last week that would make retailers responsible for customers' financial losses after a business data breach, responding to the recent Target Corp. and Neiman Marcus Ltd. breaches that compromised millions of customers' credit and debit card numbers.

Assemblymen Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, and Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, revealed the legislation, AB 1710, aimed at protecting consumer information, which would require businesses to adhere to new requirements regarding how they store consumer data and the type of information they can collect, according to an announcement last Wednesday.

"A consumer, we think, has the right to know where their...

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