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Consumers Union supports federal protection from security breaches

Consumers Union statement of support for the bi-partisan legislation that members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced to address the growing problem of identity theft.

In the past two years, security breaches have been announced involving over one hundred million records containing sensitive information about individuals, exposing millions of people to the possibility that their information will be used by thieves. The legislation being introduced today, which is identical to a bill voted unanimously out of your Committee last year, represents a reasonable approach to this alarming problem that will provide consumers with significant protections from the harms that can arise from preventable data breaches.