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Privacy Legislation Moves Forward in Senate

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved bipartisan legislation aimed at improving cybersecurity. The Personal Data Privacy and Security Act would establish a national standard for data breach notification and would require companies with databases containing sensitive personal information to establish data privacy and security programs. The bill was drafted in response to the growing number of Internet crimes in recent years. According to Senator Leahy (D-VT), who authored the bill, this legislation “strikes the right balance to protect privacy, promote commerce, and successfully combat identity theft.” The bill has been sent to the Senate for consideration.

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