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Blumenthal: Facebook breach shows need for data privacy law

September 29, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says Congress must pass data privacy legislation, after Facebook’s revelation of a data breach that gave attackers access to 50 million accounts.

In a call with reporters on Friday, Facebook said it doesn’t know who was behind the attacks or where they’re based.

Blumenthal, a Democrat, has been working to get Congress to develop an enforceable, nationwide standard on consumer data privacy.

He says Facebook was once an “innocent place to safely share our lives with friends” but it has become a “honeypot for malevolent lawbreakers who seek to undermine our society and democracy.”

Blumenthal says Congress should need no further notice to act.

He’s the ranking member of the Senate Commerce Committee’s subcommittee that deals with consumer protection and data security issues.

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