WASHINGTON – Lawmakers are calling for immediate action to pass long-stalled data-security legislation in the face of last week’s news of a massive data breach at cards processor Global Payments Inc. (see story).

Rep. Mary Bono Mack called on her House colleagues to pass her data-protection bill, the Secure and Fortify Electronic (SAFE) Data Act, which would require security policies and procedures to protect data containing personal information, and provides for nationwide notice in the event of a security breach. “Consumers have a right to know when their personal information has been compromised, and companies and other organizations have an overriding responsibility to promptly alert them,” said the California Republican.

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