Draft of consumer privacy bill to be discussed in House subcommitee

On March 18, 2015, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade of the US House of Representatives will review a recently proposed draft legislation that aims to tackle data security threats at a national level. The “Data Security and Breach Notification Act,” is a bipartisan bill authored by full committee Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT). The draft legislation implements a comprehensive plan to help safeguard sensitive consumer information. The legislation would, for the first time, set a national standard for covered entities to implement reasonable security measures. It would create a single national standard for notifying consumers in case of breach. In addition, violations would be enforced at a national level by the FTC or state attorneys general.

Two senior Democrats on the committee are not backing the bill. In a joint statement, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said the legislation weakens consumer protections and does not provide solutions to the harm caused by data breaches.

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