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Morrisey joins multi-state letter against federal pre-emption of states’ ability to legislate and enforce laws that protect consumers from data breaches and identity theft

July 8, 2015

Huntington News

July 7, 2015

FROM A NEWS RELEASE BY WV ATTORNEY GENERAL PATRICK MORRISEY

Attorney General Morrisey joined 46 other Attorneys General in a letter to the U.S. Congress emphasizing the importance of maintaining states’ authority to enforce data breach and data security laws, and their ability to enact laws to address future data security risks.

Citing recent Congressional efforts to pass a national law on data breach notification and data security, Attorney General Morrisey and the other Attorneys General cautioned lawmakers against federal pre-emption of state data breach and security law. The letter argues that any federal law must not diminish the important role states already play protecting consumers from data breaches and identity theft, especially in states whose laws provide greater protections than federal counterparts.

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