SACRAMENTO -- Two Assembly panels will convene next week to examine consumer data safety, but lawmakers won't be hearing from two companies that have been hit with recent high-profile security breaches.
Lawmakers invited representatives of Target and Neiman Marcus to testify at Tuesday's joint hearing of the Judiciary and Banking and Finance committees, after the retailers experienced massive security breaches that compromised millions of consumers' personal data.
But the two companies declined to participate, said the legislators chairing the hearing.
Wieckowski said that Target referred to Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan's testimony before a
Neither Target nor Neiman Marcus responded to requests for comment.
"I would think from the companies' perspective that the better strategy would be to try to be as open and forthcoming -- not just with the Legislature, but with the public -- as possible," Dickinson said.
Tuesday's hearing will include testimony from major credit card companies, including MasterCard and Visa, retail groups and privacy advocates.
[For the Record, 4:49 p.m. Feb. 14: An earlier version of this post incorrectly gave Target Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan's name as John Mullian.]