Markey Wants Answers About Home Depot Data Breach

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) used Home Depot's admission of a data breach to put in a plug for his bill protecting consumers personal information.

“While its customers are working on home improvement, Home Depot needs to focus its attention on data security improvement," Markey said in a statement following Home Depot's announcement that the breach could extend as far back as April.

"I have serious concerns about possible identity theft and other fraud that could be caused by the release of sensitive customer information. Home Depot needs to provide immediate explanation of what the company is doing to fix the security weaknesses exploited by criminals and assist consumers in Massachusetts and throughout the country whose data may have been exposed."

Pointing out it was not the first or likely the last report of such a breach, Markey pointed to his bill, co-sponsored by Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), the Personal Data Protection and Breach Accountability Act, which he has argued would "deter preventable breaches, minimize consumer harm, and promote technical information-sharing."

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.