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President Obama’s new proposed Personal Data Notification and Protection Act provides a national standard for companies responding to security breaches.

In his State of the Union Address on January 20, U.S. President Barack Obama featured his proposed Personal Data Notification and Protection Act—federal legislation that would replace the existing patchwork of state data breach notification laws with a unified national standard for companies responding to data security breaches. The president’s proposal comes at a particularly relevant time in light of recent cybersecurity attacks and large-scale data breaches affecting retailers, banks, and other national companies.

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