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NAID Delegation to Meet with Washington Lawmakers

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On February 22, 2007, a delegation from NAID, including NAID President Al Judkiewicz, Government Relations Chair Bob Haskins, and Executive Director Bob Johnson will meet with the senior staff members of the lawmakers who are taking the lead in the latest push toward a comprehensive national information protection bill.

NAIDDirect readers already know that the T.J. Maxx data breach last month is what set all this in motion. But regardless of the trigger, the fact is that many things which have changed in the last year now favor the creation of this law.

The leadership shift from Republican to Democrat in Congress favors attention on consumer rights issues.

The various committees that were competing for jurisdiction in this area are now so outraged at the continuing breaches that they are openly talking of the need for cooperation and unification.

Issues that were taking priority over information protection during last legislative session, like Iraq and Hurricane Katrina, are now receding.

The large special interest groups who were fighting a national law are now contending with dozens of different state laws that have been created in the meantime. These organizations now feel that a national approach is preferable to the potential of complying with 50 different data protection laws.

While in Washington, the NAID delegation will meet with the senior staff of Rep. Steve LaTourette, (R-OH), House Financial Services Chairman, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). While these are the leading policymakers contributing to the legislation currently being drafted, Representative Frank, now the chair of the House Financial Services Committee, has been particularly vocal regarding the need for immediate attention to data protection. His office has already expressed an interest in working with NAID to introduce legislative language to prevent the casual disposal of personal information.

While in the nation’s capitol, NAID officials will also be meeting with a contingency from the Federal Trade Commission and other allies in the push for better information protection laws.