FTC Warns Of Widespread Data Breaches

FTC Warns Of Widespread Data Breaches
FTC Warns Of Widespread Data Breaches 

By Thomas Claburn
February 23, 2010

The Federal Trade Commission on Monday said that it had notified almost 
100 organizations in both the public and private sector that they need 
to review their security practices.

In letters to these organizations, the FTC says that "at least one 
computer file containing sensitive personal information from or about 
your customers and/or employees has been shared from your computer 
network, or the network of one of your service providers, to a 
peer-to-peer file sharing (P2P) network."

Failure to prevent this information from being shared may represent a 
violation of one or more laws that the FTC enforces, such as the 
Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Federal 
Trade Commission Act.

The FTC however has not filed any lawsuits related to these breaches.

FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in a statement that companies of all 
sizes are vulnerable to P2P-related breaches. He said that the FTC found 
information that could be used to commit identity theft, including 
health information, financial data, drivers' license numbers and social 
security numbers.


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