32 state Attorneys General to Congress: Don’t replace our stronger privacy laws!

Mike Litt writes:

A bipartisan group of 32 state Attorneys General, led by Illinois AG Lisa Madigan, sent a joint letter last week to the House Financial Services Committee leadership against the draft (link includes opposition testimony of Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office) “Data Acquisition and Technology Accountability and Security Act” that PIRG has also been opposing. The bill incorporates numerous aspects of previous Trojan Horse privacy laws pushed in Congress.

What has brought together 20 Democrats and 12 Republican state consumer cops against this bi-partisan proposal, co-sponsored by Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-D)?

As the letter points out, the proposal “…appears to place Equifax and other reporting agencies and financial institutions out of states’ enforcement reach. This bill totally preempts all state data breach and data security laws, including laws that require notice to consumers and state attorneys general of data breaches.”

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