FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Washington State credit unions have begunpressing the state legislature to pass a bill which would enablecredit unions to obtain recompense for damages they may suffer fromcard security data breaches at retailers.

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The Washington State Credit Union League reported that more than100 credit unions visited their state legislators in support of thebill as part of the league's Government Affairs Conference. LeagueCEO John Annaloro estimated that 50% of the supportersparticipating in the lobbying were doing so for the first time inpart as a response to the card issue.

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The two bills, one in the House and another in the Senate, wouldmake the costs associated with data breaches the responsibility ofthe merchants, according to a statement from the league.

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The legislation would also require businesses accepting cards toencrypt or destroy card information promptly while alsoestablishing a “safe harbor” for those meeting basic securitystandards.

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