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Influential US Senator Proposes Data Protection Law

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Last week, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2009. Among the many ID-Theft-mitigation measures U.S. Senate Bill 1490 contains is a national information destruction requirement. 

Senator Leahy is very influential in the Senate and in the Obama administration, which most privacy watchers predict will be very proactive on the issue of data protection.  Leahy has called for an overhaul of HIPAA for several years, which in large part led to the strong HITECH provisions added to HIPAA.  

The NAID Government Relations Committee is still deciding upon a course of action.  That action will largely be determined by the likelihood of the bill’s success and what regulatory body would be responsible for the rulemaking phase. 

Read the Proposed U.S. Senate Bill 1490