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S. 2179 (115th): Data Security and Breach Notification Act

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About the bill

Tens of millions of consumers have had their personal health care information, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and email addresses hacked — and that’s just this year alone.

The Data Security and Breach Notification Act would create the first-ever federal standard for punishing such breaches.

Context and what the bill does

The biggest data and consumer information hacks of all time include more than 50 million customers each on Uber, LinkedIn, Target, Home Depot, Yahoo, and eBay.

The Data Security and Breach Notification Act would:

  • Require companies to notify consumers that they have had a security breach within 30 days.
  • Institute a maximum five-year prison sentence for intentionally hiding such a breach.
  • Create financial incentives for companies or organizations that utilize technologies which make consumer information unreadable in the …

Sponsor and status

Bill Nelson

Sponsor. Senator for Florida. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Nov 30, 2017
Length: 44 pages
Nov 30, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on November 30, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


2 Cosponsors (2 Democrats)



Nov 30, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 2179 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 2179. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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