FTC to testify at data-theft hearing

A House hearing Wednesday on data theft will draw two panels of government officials, according to a copy of the majority memo obtained by The Hill. 

The first panel will include David Vladeck, the director of the consumer protection bureau at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Pablo Martinez, the deputy special agent in charge in the criminal investigation division of the U.S. Secret Service. 

The second panel will include the director of the consumer privacy project at the Center for Democracy and Technology and Gene Spafford, executive director of a security research center at Purdue University. 

The Hill reported Monday that Sony declined to testify at the hearing. 

Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), chairwoman of the Energy and Commerce Manufacturing subcommittee, is crafting her data-theft bill based on legislation previously introduced by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and later by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), according to the majority memo. 

The bill pre-empted state laws to create a federal requirement for breach notification, charging the FTC with enforcement.