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June 2006

Editor's Desk: Debating a national data protection law

With data breaches continuing at a steady clip and nearly 30 state laws enacted, it's time for Congress to pass a national data protection law. It's tough not to distrust the federal government these days, regardless of your politics. President Bush's policies at home and abroad are worthy of--and have received--bashing from both parties. Tom DeLay was forced to step down as House speaker in the wake of a campaign finance scandal. And now, über-lobbyist Jack Abramoff is going to spend more than five years in the Big House for conspiracy and fraud. The tech sector hasn't been spared questionable politics. Consider the Check Point/SourceFire deal, which was squelched because the same committee that initially approved the Dubai Port deal had responsibility for its approval. Despite our cynicism, we must forge ahead and demand a federal data protection law that firmly protects the consumer, but also makes it easier for security professionals to adhere to regulations in the market today. Currently there are nearly 30 state laws on ...

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