Monday, March 27, 2006

Congress May Eliminate State Privacy Protection Rules

The Congress is at it again. In a previous post I pointed out that a bill had passed the U. S. House of Representatives that would preempt, or override, state regulations on feed safety that were more restrictive than Federal law.

Now a bill has been adopted by the House Financial Services Committee that would eliminate many state laws that allow consumers to place a freeze on their credit records to prevent unauthorized access.

The bill, H.R. 3997, introduced by Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) would eliminate state laws that are stricter than the federal law on consumer notification on security breeches and allowing consumers to freeze their credit files.

According to critics Susanna Montezemolo of Consumers Union and Ed Mierzwinski of US PIRG, eleven states have stricter notification standards than the federal bill, and eight states have freeze laws stronger than those in the bill: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey, and North Carolina. All of these laws would be eliminated under the measure.

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