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Data Breach Bills Move in House, Senate Panel

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 23, 2011

The Senate Judiciary Committee has narrowly approved three bills that would require organizations to secure personal data and notify customers if their data is compromised, the National Journal reports. When addressing Sen. Diane Feinstein's (D-CA) bill, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said, "we may end up with more burdensome regulations...and consumers still going unprotected because the over-notifications will be ignored." Sen. Patrick Leahy's (D-VT) Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2011, would make data breach notification a national standard and data breach concealment a crime. Meanwhile, Rep. Mary Bono Mack's (R-CA) SAFE Data Act was approved by a House subcommittee and will move to the full committee for approval. Bono Mack said, "Consumer notification is often hampered by the fact that companies must first determine their obligations under 47 different state regimes."
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