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Federal data-breach bill would replace dozens of stronger state laws

Federal data-breach bill would replace dozens of stronger state laws

It's called the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015, and, if passed into law, it would be the first federal rule requiring businesses to let consumers know that their personal information may be in the hands of hackers. Sounds good, right? It's not. Dozens of states, including California, already have similar laws on the books that are stronger and more comprehensive than the proposed federal law. But the federal law would preempt all state laws. The bill would eliminate existing data-breach protections for pay-TV and Internet customers. Right now, for example, people must be notified if there's any unauthorized access to information on shows or...

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