Keeping Pace with Today’s Challenges: FCC Proposes New Data Breach Rules for CPNI

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Prompted by a rapid increase in frequency, sophistication, and scale of data leaks and data breach legislation in recent years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)  unanimously voted to kick off a proceeding aimed at adopting new proposals to update data breach response obligations involving Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI). These proposals aim to ensure timely notification to affected customers, the FCC, and federal law enforcement agencies and require effective measures to mitigate and prevent harm.

CPNI is a subset of personal information with regard to telecommunications carriers’ customers and the FCC has maintained rules about safeguarding the confidentiality of CPNI data for many years. Examples of CPNI are rate plan, minutes used, type of services subscribed to, type of device, location information, call detail records, and other proprietary information about a customer’s telecommunications services accounts.

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