FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky House committee has approved a bill requiring government agencies to notify people when their personal information is stolen from government computers.
The measure also seeks to strengthen cybersecurity protections.
The legislation cleared the House State Government Committee on Thursday. It appears to be on a fast track in the House, where it has 74 co-sponsors in the 100-member chamber.
State Auditor Adam Edelen helped draft the legislation.
He says governments possess more private information about people than any other entity.
As a result, he says people have a right to be notified when personal data such as bank account and Social Security numbers and health records are lost or stolen.
Kentucky is among four states without such cybersecurity protections.
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