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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