New Data Breach, Privacy Bills in Congress

Richard Adhikari

One year after trying unsuccessfully to introduce legislation on data breaches and protection of individual privacy, California Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is trying again.

This week, she introduced Bills S.139, the Notification of Risk to Personal Data Act and S.141, the Social Security Number Misuse Prevention Act.

Bill S.139 would require federal agencies or businesses to notify both the media and victims whose personal data has been breached without unreasonable delay, although limited exemptions are allowed for law enforcement and national security reasons.

It says the U.S. Secret Service must be notified if more than 10,000 individuals’ records are breached, or the database breached contains more than one million entries, or is owned by the federal government, involves national security or law enforcement.

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