A couple of bills to help Pennsylvania residents affected by data breaches are moving forward- including one sponsored by a local state lawmaker.
House Bill 1846- sponsored by State Rep. Brian Ellis of Butler- would require companies to notify consumers when a breach happens with information including when specifically the breach occurred, the type of information possibly released, and a toll-free number and address of credit reporting agencies.
A second bill- House Bill 1847- would waive the current credit freeze fee, which charges up to $10 per account. If a data breach occurs, consumers would be provided with three years of free credit monitoring.
The bills- which are partially in response to the Equifax breach last year- will next move to the state Senate for consideration.