Senate Judiciary Panel OKs 3 Privacy Bills

Law360, New York (September 22, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday passed a trio of bills aimed at protecting consumers' privacy by cracking down on cybercrime, mandating data breach disclosure and beefing up penalties for collecting personal data without permission.

The panel passed the three Democrat-sponsored bills in less than an hour on Thursday morning, sending them to the full Senate as lawmakers seek to respond to consumers' concerns over data breaches and privacy online.

“I appreciate those who voted to protect our privacy,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., after...
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