US bill seeks to curtail identity theft

WASHINGTON – A sweeping data security bill designed to curtail identity theft has been proposed in the US Congress. If passed, the legislation would be overseen primarily by state attorney-generals.

The bill proposes a complex regulatory structure around 'data brokers', which are companies that collect and provide personally identifiable information on a nationwide basis on more than 5,000 individuals who are not their customers or employees.

If passed, the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2005, sponsored by senators Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, would establish several new rules for personally identifiable information security and stiffer penalties for

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