SAFE Data Act Passes Out of Commerce Subcommittee

John Eggerton reports:

The SAFE Data Act passed out of the House commerce, Manufacturing & Trade Subcommittee Wednesday after procedural wrangling and partisan divisiveness over an issue everyone agrees on: there need to be more uniform laws on data privacy protection and breach notification.

The big divide is over what personally identifiable information (PII) should trigger those heightened protections and how much authority the FTC should have to enforce them and expand on the PII category. There was also a difference of opinion on the difference between privacy and data protection issues.

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