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New Version of Breach Bill Presented

PRIVACY LAW

March 1, 2013

At a Senate panel Tuesday, a new version of proposed data breach legislation came forward, but it is “missing some key features initially trumpeted by its authors,” the StarTribune reports. The bill, which was first announced in the wake of a recent breach of driver’s licence data at the Department of Natural Resources, focused on curbing such misuse of data through increased penalties and transparency. However, the report states, “Several provisions were eliminated in the Senate version…A provision making repeated misuse of data a ‘gross misdemeanor’ was gone,” while one to require a public report naming employees who misuse data was “scaled back” to apply only to those disciplined for such actions.
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