FCC Proposes Stricter Data Breach Reporting Requirements

FCC Proposes Stricter Data Breach Reporting Requirements

The United States' Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed the introduction of stricter reporting requirements around data breaches.

On Wednesday, FCC chairperson Jessica Rosenworcel circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that kicked off the process of strengthening the Commission’s rules on notifying customers and federal law enforcement when customer proprietary network information (CPNI) is breached.

The Commission said the proposed updates would more closely align FCC data breach notification rules with federal and state data breach laws governing other sectors. 

Rosenworcel said: “Current law already requires telecommunications carriers to protect the privacy and security of sensitive customer information. But these rules need updating to fully reflect the evolving nature of data breaches and the real-time threat they pose to affected consumers.”

Several updates to existing FCC rules around telecommunications carriers’ breach notification requirements are included in the proposal. Among these is the suggestion to eradicate the current seven business day mandatory waiting period for notifying customers of a breach.

The NPRM also proposes making it a requirement to notify customers of inadvertent breaches, and requiring carriers to notify the FCC, the FBI, and United States Secret Service of all reportable breaches.

“Customers deserve

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