If the Judiciary Committee decides this morning to send Judge John Roberts' nomination to the full Senate, the panel may have enough time to consider the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2005. Then again, it might not.
''It's just too soon to tell,'' an aide to bill sponsor Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) told internetnews.com less than 24 hours before the scheduled vote.
The proposed legislation makes it a crime to intentionally or willfully conceal a security breach involving personal data and increases penalties for computer fraud when the fraud involves personal data.
Introduced in June by Specter, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the panel's ranking member, the legislation follows months of hearings on the data breaches at ChoicePoint, LexusNexus and CardSystems.