WASHINGTON — A Senate committee moved last month to force former Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer to testify in a hearing Wednesday about corporate data breaches, after she initially declined lawmakers’ invitation.
The Senate Commerce Committee’s authorization of the subpoena, an unusual move, underscores lawmakers’ growing concern over data breaches. It also highlights the potential stakes for Mayer, once one of the nation’s most celebrated CEOs, in testifying about Yahoo’s massive data breaches and subsequent stumbles in disclosing them.
The committee authorized its subpoena late last month after Mayer declined the panel’s invitation to testify voluntarily, according to committee aides. A committee spokesman and a representative for Mayer said Tuesday that she would testify at Wednesday’s hearing.
Mayer’s representatives initially told the committee she wasn’t the right person to address recent disclosures that a massive 2013 data breach at Yahoo was far worse than initially believed, according to a representative for Mayer. Yahoo’s new parent company, Verizon Communications Inc.
, disclosed last month that the breach affected essentially all of the online company’s 3 billion user accounts. Yahoo had previously said about 1 billion accounts were affected.
Also popular on WSJ.com: