Francine Friedman Quoted by POLITICO on Challenges in Passing Data Breach Law

For its article “Black Friday cybercrime is unstoppable,” POLITICO Pro quoted Akin Gump senior policy counsel Francine Friedman on the challenges facing passage of data breach laws by Congress.

The article notes that, despite agreement between legislators and business on the importance of better security, attempts to introduce or move legislation are often derailed by competing interests and what it calls “finger pointing.” Despite a cited estimate of nearly 1 billion records compromised by criminals in 2014, the question of what it will take to get congressional action remains unanswered.

Friedman said, “If Congress could not pass a data breach law after a week that there are breaches impacting nearly every segment of the population—from naked celebrity pictures, to credit card information from thrift stores and home improvement stores shoppers—I’m not sure when they could.”