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S. 2179: 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 ...

Sponsor and status

Bill Nelson

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Florida. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Nov 30, 2017
Length: 44 pages

Nov 30, 2017


Introduced on Nov 30, 2017

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on November 30, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Nov 30, 2017

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S. 2179 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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