FCC proposes notifying stakeholders immediately after a data breach

Tasim Zahid
January 14, 2022, 9:28 AM UTC

The proposal will also add FCC to the list of agencies that must be notified in case of a data breach.

If the FCC Chairwoman Jessica Roesenworcel's new proposal is passed, US phone companies will have to follow new regulations about how they notify customers and the government after a breach. Currently, companies must report the FBI and Secret Service within seven days of customer proprietary network information (CPNI) infringement.

Most companies aren't permitted to notify customers about a data breach until seven days after the information is conveyed to federal law enforcement. CPNI includes information like calls made by a consumer, location, and more.

The new plan will match the Commission's policies with those recently enacted by federal and state governments for other industries. However, the FCC is currently in a political gridlock with two Democrats and Republicans and it might be some time before the new proposal is passed.

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