EU Telecoms Must Report Security Breaches within 24 Hours

The European Commission recently passed legislation requiring public telecommunication companies to notify regulators within 24 hours of security breaches of their data.  A more detailed account of the security breach must be reported within 3 days after the initial report.

The Telecom must also notify the private individuals affected by the security breach if it is likely to adversely affect their personal data or privacy- a determination that is left wholly within the hands of the Telecoms itself.  The private individual must be notified without “undue delay,” although no specific timeframe is mandated.

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