Missouri bill could require notification of data breach

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | 7:35 a.m. CDT; updated 9:11 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 8, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — State agencies could be required to notify Missouri residents if personal data such as concealed gun permits and credit card numbers are accessed by someone who is not authorized to have that information.

The proposal comes from Republican House member Kurt Bahr, of St. Charles. It comes after the Missouri State Highway Patrol provided a list of concealed gun permit holders to a fraud investigator in the U.S. Social Security Administration. Officials have said the investigator never used the list.

Bahr said Missouri residents should be notified if they are affected by a data breach, which he said would include concealed gun permit holders.

House members voted 141-13 on Tuesday to add the notification requirement to separate legislation. The entire measure is moving to the state Senate.

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