Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Three Data Security Bills

September 23, 2011
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Three bills cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee in a markup session yesterday, bringing federal standards for breach notification and data security one step closer to reality. The three bills, proposed by Chairman Leahy (D-VT), Senator Blumenthal (D-CT), and Senator Feinstein (D-NH), would require businesses to develop data privacy and security plans and set a federal standard for notifying individuals of breaches of sensitive personally identifiable information (SPII). Chairman Leahy’s Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2011 (S.1151) — presumably the most likely to see action on the Senate floor — also contains amendments to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, including welcome language to focus the statute more narrowly on hackers and identity thieves.

via Center for Democracy and Technology, continued here.