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State AGs clash with Congress over data breach laws

July 8, 2015

The Hill

July 7, 2015

By Cory Bennett

Attorneys general from all 47 states with data breach notification laws are urging Congress not to preempt local rules with a federal standard. “Any additional protections afforded consumers by a federal law must not diminish the important role states already play protecting consumers from data breaches and identity theft,” they wrote in a letter sent to congressional leaders on Tuesday.

Lawmakers have been weighing a number of measures that would create nationwide guidelines for notifying customers in the wake of a hack that exposes sensitive information. Industry groups have argued that complying with the patchwork set of rules in each state is burdensome and costly.

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