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Proposed FCC Rule Redefines Data Breaches for Communications Carriers

March 10, 2023

A proposed rule change at the Federal Communications Commission would expand the definition of a data breach for communications carriers. If approved by the agency, the rule would cover any incident that affects the confidentiality of customer information, even if no harm to customers results.

“This [rule] means [communications] carriers would be required to report any unauthorized access or disclosure of customer information, even if the breach was unintentional or not malicious,” says Venkat Gupta, data estate modernization portfolio leader at Sogeti, part of the Capgemini group. “Everyone should care because data breaches can occur in many different ways, and even unintentional breaches can have profound consequences.”

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