House Passes Data Breach Bill

Today, legislators passed the Data Accountability and Trust Act, which requires security policies for consumer information, regulates the information broker industry, and establishes a national breach notification law. The bill now moves to the Senate, which is also considering a similar measure sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy. In May, EPIC Director Marc Rotenberg testified before Congress, urging lawmakers to strengthen the proposed law by adopting a broader definition of "personally identifiable information" and permitting stronger state laws to remain. TFor more, see EPIC Identity Theft.

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