New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is asking state lawmakers to significantly enhance consumer data security laws.

Current laws are too weak; the state presently does not directly require companies to implement security to protect consumer data; and if a breach happens, a company is required to notify affected consumers only if “private information” is compromised, Schneiderman says in a statement. The problem is that “private information” does not include email addresses, passwords, medical history, health insurance information and security questions, among other categories.

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