In the past year, state legislatures have leapt ahead of Congress in enacting laws to notify and protect consumers whose personal data, held by businesses and other entities, have been stolen. But now the states are worried about being victims of their own success.

Just before leaving town for its August recess less than two weeks ago, the U.S. House of Representatives delayed an anticipated vote on federal legislation, heavily favored by industry, that would pre-empt state data-breach notification laws, set a national notification standard and remove state attorneys general from the enforcement picture.

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