CUNA Member Activation Program

CUNA webinar outlines data breach MAP campaign, resources

August 1, 2018

CUNA staff hosted a webinar Tuesday highlighting the latest Member Activation Program (MAP) campaign, Stop the Data Breaches. CUNA launched the campaign last week to focus on educating and activating members to call on members of Congress to enact data breach legislation. A recording of the webinar is available for free to CUNA members. 

Trey Hawkins, CUNA’s deputy chief advocacy officer for political action, said credit unions’ efforts passing S. 2155 shows the success possible with strong grassroots efforts.

“We learned during S. 2155 that we need to keep a steady drum beat when it comes to contacting lawmakers and policymakers, and that’s what we want to do here,” he said. “Now is the time to start educating credit union members, helping them and getting them the tools they need to start educating lawmakers. That’s how we’re going to see action.”

CUNA believes effective data breach legislation must contain:

  • A flexible, scalable standard equivalent to what is in the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) for data protection;
  • A GLBA equivalent notification regime requiring timely notice to impacted consumers, law enforcement, and applicable regulators when there is a reasonable risk that a breach of unencrypted personal information exposes consumers to identity theft or other financial harm;
  • Consistent, exclusive enforcement of the new data security and notification national standard by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state Attorneys General; and 
  • Clear preemption of the existing patchwork of often conflicting and contradictory state laws for all entities that follow this national data security and notification standard.

With the House on its August recess, and the Senate expected to have an in-district work session next week, Eli Joseph, CUNA’s deputy chief advocacy officer for congressional relations, said it’s a perfect opportunity for credit unions to get the message out.

“Lawmakers are going to be back in district, and it’s a great time to talk to them about data breaches and how they’re impacting your institution,” he said.

Credit unions that sign up for the campaign will have access to customizable resources to reach their members with information on data breach effects and solutions. Stakeholders can also use CUNA’s newly launched MAP community to ask questions, get feedback and share results and resources with credit unions around the country. 

The webinar was sponsored by CUNA Mutual Group, which has also worked closely with CUNA on its data breach advocacy and helps support the campaign’s website.