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SAFE Data Act Moves Forward

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 21, 2011

The House Energy and Commerce Committee's Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee yesterday passed a bill aimed at creating a universal standard for notifying consumers and authorities after a data breach. Prior to the bill's passing, legislators debated its definition of PII and how much enforcement authority the Federal Trade Commission should have. PCWorld reports that Republicans touted the bill for balancing consumer protection with regulation, while some Democrats voiced concern that the bill would preempt stronger laws in some states. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) said the bill doesn't cover enough information and is "full of loopholes." The bill will now go to the full committee for debate and a vote, the report states.
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