Senator Floats Heftier Bill on Data Theft
Privacy experts hope Sen. Dianne Feinstein's bill will close large loopholes in existing legislation, following a recent LexisNexis data breach affecting more than 310,000 U.S. citizens.The day before data broker LexisNexis increased by nearly tenfold the number of identities feared stolen in last months data breach, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Monday filed beefed-up identity legislation that privacy experts hope will close large loopholes in existing and previously filed legislation. Feinsteins current bill, which the Senate Judiciary Committee will examine Wednesday, is an overhaul of the ID Theft Notification Bill that Feinstein proposed in June 2003. She hammered out the current version with the help of the Consumers Union, the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse and EPIC (the Electronic Privacy Information Center). It was drafted to close a loophole in the senators previous legislation and in Californias Security Breach Information Act (SB 1386), through which companies can avoid notifying customers of data breaches if the breached data is encrypted or if no PINs are collected with Social Security numbers.
"After additional discussions with privacy rights advocates, it became clear that much more needed to be done to protect Americans," Feinstein said in a news release.