FTC Blog Seems To Widen Scope Of Breach Reporting Law

By Alex Brown, Kathleen Benway and Dan Felz (June 1, 2022, 5:51 PM EDT) — On May 20, the Federal Trade Commission published a blog post that uses Section 5 of the FTC Act to create new breach notification obligations. These obligations appear to go beyond existing U.S. and EU laws and potentially require companies to report breaches that existing statutes do not require to be reported.

The FTC’s guidance here could represent a significant update to the U.S. law on breach reporting, potentially more closely aligning the U.S. with EU standards.

The FTC followed up recent enforcement activity in the data breach space by sending a message to any company facing a security incident: Strong…

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