Senate Panel OKs National Breach Notification Bill

Breach notification laws in most states would be preempted if legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday becomes law. But that’s a big if, at least as it now stands.

The 10 Democrats and eight Republicans on the committee split along party lines in approving the three different, but related measures, with overlapping provisions, aimed at strengthening privacy protection and nationalizing breach notification.

It was the fourth time in as many Congresses that one of the bills – the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act – passed the Judiciary Committee. If the 10-8 party-line vote is any indication, it might be the fourth time in as many Congresses that the bill will not become law as well, because of objections by Republicans, who could hold up votes in the Senate and maintain a majority in the House of Representatives.

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