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US Moves Forward on Data Privacy

Monty Solomon (
Fri, 25 Nov 2005 10:19:19 -0500

Draft law heads for full Senate hearing

Published Friday 25th November 2005 14:43 GMT

A draft US law to increase the security and privacy of personal
information held by companies took a step forward last week, when it
was approved by the influential Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill
includes a duty to disclose security breaches.

The draft Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2005 will now move
forward to a full Senate hearing.

The bill, sponsored by Senators Arlen Specter and Patrick Leahy, will
ensure that companies with databases containing personal information
on more than 10,000 US citizens establish and implement data privacy
and security programs and vet third-party contractors hired to process

Under the bill, data brokers will generally be required to let
individuals know what information is held about them and, where
appropriate, allow individuals to correct demonstrated inaccuracies.
They will also be obliged to notify law enforcement agencies,
consumers and credit reporting agencies when digitised sensitive
personal data has been compromised.

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