House panel approves data protection bill
A U.S. House of Representatives committee has unanimously approved a bill that would create new regulations for so-called data brokers, including a requirement that U.S. companies that traffic in personal data notify victims of breaches.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee's 41-0 approval of the Data Accountability and Trust Act comes a year after the beginning of a rash of data breaches at dozens of U.S. companies, starting with data brokers ChoicePoint Inc. and LexisNexis.
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