Data protection bills introduced in Congress today

The 111th Congress is now in session, and the first data-protection bills have been introduced today:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Tuesday introduced a pair of data security bills — one that would require businesses to notify consumers in the event of a security breach and another, co-sponsored by Sens. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, would ban the sale or display of an individual’s Social Security number without his or her consent.

The legislation, which she also offered in the 110th Congress, was part of a package of “first day” bills she sponsored as members returned to Capitol Hill, according to a release.

Source – NextGov

The bills are S.139 and S.141, respectively. Links to track these bills will be available on the Proposed Legislation page on this site.

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