With a vote of 151 to 0, the Georgia House has given unanimous support for Senate Bill 230, requiring companies to alert consumers whose personal information has been leaked or stolen, has been passed by the Georgia House. Due to House amendments, the bill now has to go back to the Senate for approval.
Under provisions of SB 230, proposed by Sen. Bill Hamrick, R-Carrollton, companies or “information brokers” would have to provide written or electronic notices to people whose identities have been compromised. It spells out how consumers should be notified, but it does not determine penalties for companies that fail to comply.
The bill was introduced a few weeks after Alpharetta-based ChoicePoint Inc. revealed that it mistakenly given personal information on about 400,000 people to identity thieves.
“Georgians’ privacy is a tantamount priority right now,” said Rep. Chuck Martin, R-Alpharetta, from ChoicePoint’s hometown.
Martin said he had hoped to add an amendment that would have broadened the scope of the bill to include holding government agencies responsible for any breaches of security or leaks of personal information.
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