Another attempt at a federal breach notification law

A group of Democratic senators, led by Bill Nelson of Florida, are trying once again to get a national data breach notification law passed. As in 2015, the proposed law is styled the Data Security and Breach Notification Act. The text of the 2017 version appears broadly the same as the 2015 version. Of particular note, in light of recent revelations about Uber’s alleged paying of hackers to conceal a data breach, the bill provides for fines and imprisonment for up to five years of anyone who conceals a data breach that should otherwise be notified under the law.

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