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WASHINGTON, May 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee has written President Barack Obama over concerns that a recently reported data breach on the White House computer system might have compromised the personal information of many Americans.
"Just like any entity that handles personally-identifiable information, the White House has a responsibility to notify Americans if the recent, or any future breach, results in a compromise," the committee chairman, John Thune, said in a statement on Sunday accompanying the letter.
"If such information has been lost, the White House still has a responsibility to victims even if it believes the hack was perpetrated by foreign spies and not cyber thieves," Thune added.
Asked about the Commerce Committee letter, White House National Security Council spokesman Mark Stroh declined to comment further on the breach, but said: "We have consistently supported timely notification in the event of data breaches, consistent with existing federal policy."
Now I understand that the White House couldn't know exactly WHOSE personal information was compromised, but they could have at least given a general heads up then as they go over the evidence, narrow down the list of people whose data could have been compromised and give an updated, but more dire warning to those people. You know common sense and all?