Draft legislation doing the rounds in Washington would require companies which have been the victim of hacks involving the exposure of private data to confess the attack to a government agency within 48 hours.
The scramble to impose stricter rules on companies storing the personal data of their customers comes in the wake of high-profile breaches at global outfits like Sony and Mastercard which were made public by the attention-seeking perpetrators of the attacks.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of hacks are carried out by groups or individuals with far less altruistic intentions and many of them will never see the light of day.
According to the National Journal, Republican congressional representative Mary Bono Mack - who once supported her ex-husband Sonny Bono's attempt to make copyright last forever - is pushing the bill to protect consumer information.
Bono Mack's draft promises to “protect consumers by requiring reasonable security policies and procedures to protect data containing personal information, and to provide for nationwide notice in the event of a security breach.”
A hearing will take place on Wednesday to discuss the bill which would also force companies to delete old and unnecessary data. You know, the kind of old and unnecessary data which Sony insisted was the only credit card details which were stolen. Coincidentally.