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Harboring DataInformation Security, Law, and the Corporation$
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Andrea M. Matwyshyn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760089

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760089.001.0001

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Reporting of Information Security Breaches

Reporting of Information Security Breaches

A Reporter's View: Corporate Information Security and the Impact of Data Breach Notification Laws

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Harboring Data

Kim Zetter

Stanford University Press

This chapter presents an insider's view of how information about corporate information security breaches reaches the public. It says that “[d]espite the passage of state-level data security breach notification legislation in many states, journalists still often have to rely on sources other than the companies and organizations that experience a breach for information about a breach—either because the breach is not considered newsworthy or because the data that are stolen do not fall into the category of data covered by notification laws.” Journalists learn about breaches from a number of sources. Rarely, though, are companies or organizations that experienced the breach the first to reveal it. The chapter describes some of the practical limitations of data breach notification laws with regard to public disclosure of corporate security breaches. It argues that companies fear that disclosing such information would place them at a disadvantage with competitors and make them vulnerable to lawsuits from customers as well as to other potential intruders.

Keywords:   corporate information security, data security, security breach, journalists, public disclosure, data breach notification laws

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