The fallout continues from last year's major data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus. The U.S. Congress, state agencies, retailers and consumer advocacy groups are now locked in a larger debate about data security and consumers' right to know when their data may be at risk — and if a national notification standard makes sense, according to the Associated Press.
The larger of the breaches, Target, exposed an estimated 40 million customer credit and debit card accounts to hackers, but the retail giant kept customers in the dark for several days. Why the delay? Lacking national regulations for how (and how quickly) consumers must be notified, retailers are left to sort though a puzzling patchwork of state regulations.