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White House task force urges data breach standard

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Image caption The recommendations came in a long-awaited review into data privacy in the US

A White House panel has called on Congress to bring in a US national standard for notifying consumers when their data has been hacked.

There are a number of data breach state laws at present, but no overall federal law.

The panel also recommended extending US privacy protections to non-US people for their personal information.

In addition, the panel recommended advancing a "consumer privacy bill of rights," first put forward in 2012.

A national level data breach law is needed, as the current patchwork of state laws vary in terms of how much consumers should be told after a data breach, the panel said.

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