Government Debates Protections for Data Breach Victims
After two data breaches that affected more than 22 million federal employees of the Office of Personnel Management, government officials are fighting to get prolonged credit monitoring for current and retired workers.
Representative Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland and the House Minority Whip, has proposed a lifetime of credit monitoring, rather than the three years of protection that has already been approved. He feels thieves can use the stolen information for a lifetime so those affected by the hacks should have credit monitoring for the rest of their lives.
Just last week, a Senate panel agreed to provide 10 years of credit monitoring and at least $5 million in liability protection for related damages to those affected workers.
“We’re going to have a very high degree of energy in the delegation–Republicans and Democrats–trying to make sure the energy and focus are applied to solving this problem and ensuring that our information is safe.” said Hoyer.
There is no guarantee that Congress will approve a lifetime of protection for affected employees, especially considering the cost involved with such an undertaking.
“Nobody anticipated this,” commented Hoyer. “It’s not something you could budget for.”