Wednesday, December 09, 2009

House passes Data Breach and File Sharing Disclosure Bills

The House of Representatives yesterday passed two bills that CDT testified on back in May.  H.R. 2221, focusing on data security, would create a nationwide data breach notification standard.  More importantly, from CDT's point of view -- since numerous state laws already have effectively made it the law of the land to notify consumers about data breaches -- the bill also would give consumers greater ability to review and/or control their data broker files.  This is a fundamentally good bill, and could be improved further if it were married up with Senator Leahy's data security bill, S. 1490, to include the best concepts of both.

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