Dec 092009
 December 9, 2009  Posted by  Business, Featured News, Laws, U.S.

Roy Mark reports:

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation Dec. 8 requiring data brokers to establish procedures to verify the accuracy of information that identifies individuals in their databases and to allow consumers to access and request correction of incorrect information. The Data Accountability and Trust Act, approved on a voice vote, would also require data brokers to provide nationwide notice in the event of certain security breaches.

The legislation now moves to the U.S. Senate.


For consumers seeking verification of individual data held by data brokers, the bill requires the brokers provide to each individual whose personal information it maintains — other than information which merely identifies an individual’s name or address — at the individual’s request at least one time per year and at no cost to the individual. The legislation also requires the broker to post a conspicuous notice on its website on how to obtain the information the broker holds on an individual.

The House bill was sponsored by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) and co-sponsored by Reps. Joe Barton (R-TX), George Radanovich (R-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Cliff Stearns (R-FL).

Read more on eWeek. The bill is H.R. 2221.

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