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Responding to frustration at how credit-reporting agency Equifax disclosed its 2017 breach affecting more than 145 million U.S. consumers, U.S. Reps. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Missouri, and Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, have circulated a draft bill to create a federal breach notification law.

To be sure, the Data Acquisition and Technology Accountability and Security Act is still only a draft and hasn’t been officially filed by its two co-sponsors. But the bill has already caught the attention of dozens of state attorneys general that have publicly come out in opposition, arguing the proposed law would pre-empt and hamper their prosecutions.

In a letter to Congress, state attorneys general from 31 states panned the proposed bill, arguing it “totally preempts all state data breach and data security laws, including laws that require notice to consumers and state attorney general of data breaches.”

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Rhys Dipshan

CT-born, New York-based legal tech reporter covering everything from in-house technology disruption to privacy trends, blockchain, AI, cybersecurity, and ghosts-in-the-machine. Continually waiting for law to catch up with tech. (It's like waiting for Godot, but without the clowns)

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