NRF exec to testify before Senate on data security

Washington, D.C. – The National Retail Federation (NRF) is scheduled to testify before a Senate committee the week of Feb. 3, as lawmakers begin to look into criminal attacks in which millions of consumers’ credit and debit card numbers were stolen.

NRF senior VP and general counsel Mallory Duncan will represent retailers before a subcommittee of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Monday afternoon. Also testifying are officials from the Secret Service, the Federal Trade Commission, the American Bankers Association, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council.

NRF recently asked Congress to give final approval to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, House-passed legislation pending in the Senate that would make it easier for the commercial sector to share information about threats and ensure that cyber crimes are thoroughly investigated and prosecuted. NRF also wants Congress to replace the varying data breach notification laws currently on the books in 46 states and the District of Columbia with a single nationwide standard.

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