Controversial data breach bill passes House committee

Elise Viebeck reports:

The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a controversial bill creating national data security standards after a chaotic markup that revealed deep Democratic concerns about the measure.

The Data Security and Breach Notification Act appears headed for further changes prior to a vote by the full House. The committee approved it on a party-line vote of 29-20.

Read more on The Hill. Most privacy advocates find this bill too weak in its provisions and it would pre-empt stronger state laws. It needs to be squashed or seriously, seriously amended.

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