Friday, April 11, 2014
A Federal court has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission can sue companies that have had data breaches. It is past time for such punishing persuasion. Data theft is a daily occurrence now that puts consumers at peril. Many companies have accepted it as the cost of doing business. But, it isn't. It is poor public relations. Yes, data security is expensive and never-ending because thieves are creative, but that doesn't excuse one from working to prevent incursion. High-profile incidents since late last year have demonstrated that particularly retail companies have not done enough to protect customers. There is no excuse now and fines in addition. The FTC is going to be busy for a while until the last of the security holdouts fall in line.