President Barack Obama is set to announce new legislation that aims to protect consumer privacy and student privacy and offer enhanced protection of home energy usage data, among other things. (Some of the new suggested policies were first put forth in 2012.)
According to a White House Fact Sheet published Monday, the president will re-introduce the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act, which would establish a federal standard. At present, nearly all US states and territories have some similar form of notification but the conditions under which that law is triggered and how long businesses have varies. Under the new proposed federal standard, companies would have 30 days to notify their customers after they discover a breach.
The president is also putting forth a new “Student Privacy Act,” which would require that data collected on students “is used only for educational purposes.” This proposed federal legislation, the White House notes, is modeled on California’s legislation, which was enacted in September 2014.
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