The Committee on Energy and Commerce of the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved the Data Accountability and Trust Act (H.R. 4127), a bill that requires companies to launch nationwide notification campaigns if the security of sensitive consumer information, such as Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers or financial data, is breached and could be used for identity theft. The act states that encrypted electronic data is "presumed" secure and that businesses that employ encryption are exempted from the nationwide notification requirement.
Introduced by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), and co-sponsored by eight members of the House, the Data Accountability and Trust Act is one of many measures lawmakers have introduced to protect sensitive consumer information in the past year. Similar laws are also under consideration in the U.S. Senate, including the Identity Theft Protection Act (S. 1408), introduced by Sen. Gordon Smith, (R-Ore.); the Notification of Risk to Personal Data Act (S. 115 and S. 751), introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D-Calif.); and the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2005 (S. 1789), co-sponsored by Sens. Arlen Spector, (R-Pa.) and Patrick Leahy, (D-Ver.). For more on the Specter-Lahey Act, see also Privacy expert calls for action on Specter-Lahey bill, Dec. 12, 2005.
Promise dubbed Simple SAN
Promise Technology Inc. announced that its VTrak SATA RAID storage system has successfully completed compatibility testing and achieved Microsoft's Simple SAN for Windows Server designation.
IVivity rolls out 10 GigE HBA
IVivity is announcing the availability of a 10 Gbps programmable iSCSI, TCP/IP and User Datagram Protocol host bus adapter (HBA) for array, appliance and server OEMs. IVivity will also be demonstrating the new widget at Storage Networking world next week.