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Responding To Equifax

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November 17, 2017

The cybersecurity policies the Electronic Frontier Foundation promotes are straws in the wind regarding public policy. Its suggestions on how Congress should respond to the Equifax breach sound fanciful in the present political climate, but it is unlikely that millennials will settle for anything less when they start calling the tune. According to an article on the EFF website, “we don’t need increased criminal penalties, we need to incentivize protecting data in the first place.” In respect to civil remedies, it starts with the premise that the federal judiciary has effectively blocked litigation by setting too high a standard for plaintiffs to prove they were harmed and suggests a victim’s advocate in the Executive branch to counter that tendency. It proposes rule-making power for the FTC to ensure that companies aren’t negligent in their security practices. It urges Congress to ban mandatory arbitration clauses, create an unwaiveable private right of action to sue companies that are negligent with sensitive data and enact legislation giving victims of data breaches access to free credit freezes at all major credit bureaus.

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