By a vote of 29 to 20, a still politically divided House Energy & Commerce Committee approved the Data Security and Breach Notification Act. It is now expected to be taken up in the House next week, though both Republicans and Democrats signaled there would be changes to the bill before then.
The bill, co-sponsored by House Energy & Commerce Committee vice chair Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), would require entities that collect personal information to secure it and provide notice to individuals if that security is breached.
It would do so by preempting the current "patchwork" of laws with a single, national protection and notification standard.
E&C chair Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said the bill was not quite ready.