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    Hill: Senators increase data privacy calls

    The Hill reports on an increase in privacy legislation under consideration in the U.S. Senate:

     Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to call for action on data privacy, in the wake of a data breach at the shopping giant Target over the holidays. […]

    She hasn’t been the only one to call for a legislative fix. On Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) reintroduced his Personal Data Privacy and Security Act, which has long floundered. The bill has been introduced in each Congress since 2005, but has never made it through the Senate. […]

    Lawmakers with a penchant for consumer protection have also increased their calls for lawmakers to get involved to protect Americans’ security. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) recently told The Hill that he would consider writing new legislation empowering the Federal Trade Commission to punish companies that take a lax approach to protecting data. The commission has gone after businesses that have been hacked for more than a decade, but recent court challenges have raised questions about whether or not it has the authority.

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