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House Bill To Address Breach Notifications

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

June 14, 2011

Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) has proposed draft legislation that would require businesses to provide baseline consumer data protection, The National Journal reports. The draft Secure and Fortify Electronic Data (SAFE Data) Act aims to "protect consumers by requiring reasonable security policies and procedures...and to provide for nationwide notice in the event of a security breach." Under the bill, organizations would be required to delete unnecessary consumer data and provide breach notification within 48 hours. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has also asked four senate committees to draft a cybersecurity bill, and with the Obama Administration's recently released cybersecurity agenda, William Baker writes that a national law is looking more likely than ever.
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