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Bill Would Create National ID Theft Law

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 15, 2010

A proposed law to help protect consumers from identity theft was reintroduced in the Senate yesterday, NextGov reports. Co-sponsor of the bill Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) says the 2010 Data Security Act, introduced in 2007 but not passed, would require public and private agencies to protect consumers from anticipated threats, hazards or misuse that could result in substantial harm or inconvenience. Modeled after the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the bill would preempt states' regulations and would also require breach notifications. "We need to replace the current patchwork of state and federal regulations for identity theft with a national law that provides uniform protections across the country," Carper said.
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