On September 30, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will consider a proposed federal law that would establish national standards for data breaches notifications. The Data Accountability and Trust Act (DATA) also regulates information brokers and requires companies to adopt security policies. The Senate is considering a similar bill that protects additional categories of consumer information. In May, EPIC testified before Congress on the DATA bill, highlighting the importance of regulating data brokers, but warning of the dangers posed by federal laws that preempt stronger state privacy safeguards. In May, President Obama stated that "executive departments and agencies should be mindful that in our Federal system, the citizens of the several States have distinctive circumstances and values, and that in many instances it is appropriate for them to apply to themselves rules and principles that reflect these circumstances and values." For more information, see EPIC Identity Theft.
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