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Federal Baseline Breach Notification Bill Introduced

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

June 21, 2013

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced legislation Thursday to mandate a nationwide standard for data breach notification. Sponsored by Sens. Angus King (I-ME) and John Thune (R-SD), the bill would preempt the current slate of 46 state breach notification laws and provide “better protections and swifter responses for consumers,” according to a Toomey press release. With a combination of high-profile data breaches and varying state mandates, “Congress needs to provide businesses and consumers with certainty and establish a single reasonable standard for information security and breach notification practices,” the press release states.
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