Online Trust Alliance (OTA) Executive Director, Craig Spiezle, issued the following statement in response to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller’s comments on Target falling “far short” of protecting customers and preventing its 2013 data breach.
“As the private sector continues to amass significant amounts of consumer data, they have a responsibility to take steps to help protect consumers from harm. While there is no guarantee of security, when a retailer, bank or other fails to follow established best practices and heed warnings from the security community, then they need to be held accountable. This is critical to consumer protection and the resiliency of our nation’s economy and critical infrastructure. As we look forward, businesses and consumers alike will benefit from strong Federal legislation.”