There’s No Data Sheriff on the Wild Web – NYTimes.com

A company suffers a catastrophic attack on its servers. Gone are names, e-mail addresses, home phone numbers, passwords, credit card numbers.

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Everything ends up in the hands of hackers. What federal law covers such a breach of consumers’ privacy?

None.

This lack of federal oversight has incensed privacy advocates for years. But the last several months have been an online consumer’s worst nightmare.

About two weeks ago, hackers dived into Sony’s PlayStation 3 game system, resulting in the loss of up to 77 million customers’ personal and private information and over 12 million credit and debit card numbers.

 

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