National Consumers League

Send a message to the White House: Data security can’t wait!

At the height of last year’s holiday shopping season, an estimated 110 million Target shoppers found out that hackers had compromised their personal information, exposing them to potential fraud. As bad as the Target data breach was, it is just one of thousands of breaches that have affected more than a billion consumer records in the last decade. 

Hackers are having a field day at consumers’ expense. This is because businesses and other organizations that collect consumer data haven’t made data security a high enough priority.

This has to change, and it has to change soon.

That’s why we’re asking the Obama Administration to work with Congress to pass a comprehensive national cybersecurity law in 2014. There is no such thing as perfect data security, but our elected leaders can and should do more, including:

  • Requiring businesses that collect consumer data to institute reasonable data security procedures;
  • Create a national data breach notification standard, modeled after strong state laws like California’s;
  • Give the Federal Trade Commission the authority it needs to protect consumer data and create strong data protection rules;
  • Make data security enforcement a key part of America’s foreign policy to make it harder for hackers to hide overseas; and
  • Increase penalties for hackers found to have committed fraud

Data security reform is a bipartisan issue that can’t wait for the next Congress or the next President. For too long, squabbles between entrenched interests stood in the way of change. The National Consumers League is working every day to raise the alarm in Washington, but we can’t do it alone.


If you’ve been a victim of a data breach or identity theft or you know someone who has, President Obama needs to hear from you. We need your help!

Click here to sign our petition calling on the White House to make stronger data security protections a priority NOW!

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