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Bill would boost data breach notice requirements

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Retailers would have to notify customers of data breaches under a bill that passed the state Assembly.

AB1710 responds to the breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and eBay. It heads to the Senate after passing on a 43-24 vote Tuesday.

A recent report by the attorney general's office found 20 million Californians had information exposed in breaches during the last two years. Democratic Assemblymen Roger Dickinson of Sacramento and Bob Wieckowski of Fremont say their bill ensures Californians can take steps to protect themselves and their credit.

Retailers and business groups opposed it and say the law cannot keep up with constantly evolving technology. They successfully lobbied to remove provisions holding retailers liable if they failed to meet data protection standards.

AB1710 also requires retailers to provide credit monitoring services.

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