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Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Data Privacy Bills

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Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee passed two bills that would require business and government agencies to adopt data security measures and provide notices of breaches.
Those bills include:
·      The Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2009 (S. 1490), which would increase criminal penalties for identity theft involving electronic personal data and would make it a crime to intentionally or willfully conceal a security breach involving personal data.  It also would impose requirements on commercial data brokers, require entities that maintain personal data to notify individuals and law enforcement in the event of a breach, and require development of rules protecting privacy and security when the government uses information from commercial data brokers.
·      The Data Breach Notification Act (S .139), which would impose customer notification requirements on agencies or business entities that suffer a security breach involving personal information.
Information about the bill can be accessed on the Committee’s webpage at:

An article about this development is available at:


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