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Sony, Epsilon execs support data breach bill

WASHINGTON — Top executives from Sony and online marketing firm Epsilon are telling lawmakers that they support federal legislation that would require companies to promptly notify consumers if their personal information is stolen or exposed by a data breach.

Tim Schaaff, president of Sony Network Entertainment International, and Jeanette Fitzgerald, general counsel of Epsilon Data Management LLC, came out in support of data breach legislation at a House Commerce subcommittee hearing Thursday.

Lawmakers held the hearing after high-profile breaches at both companies in recent months exposed email addresses, credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to millions of consumers. Sony, in particular, is facing questions about why it did not inform consumers more quickly after a massive hacker attack targeted its popular PlayStation Network, compromising more than 100 million user accounts.