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Kirk Nahra Discusses Potential for National Data Breach Law in 2012

Consumer Protection Law360
December 22, 2011

Privacy Practice chair Kirk Nahra was interviewed by Consumer Protection Law360 as part of a feature on legislation to watch for in 2012. Mr. Nahra focused on a national data breach law, which could include a federal standard for data breach notification.

The article reported that currently most states have their own data breach laws while many businesses want a uniform federal standard.  Mr. Nahra said that if a privacy bill were to pass, it is “highly likely” that it would include both general security standards and a federal breach notification provision. 

“I think it's more likely than not that [a privacy law] will pass—but not a lot more likely than not,” said Mr. Nahra, while adding that passing legislation in a general election year is always more difficult.