SC House committee crafting cybersecurity bill

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A House committee's proposal for better securing South Carolina taxpayers' personal data would create a new computer technology agency that reports to the governor.

House Ways and Means Chairman Brian White explained Tuesday his proposed overhaul to the Senate's plan for cybersecurity. The committee will continue discussions Wednesday.

Some committee members balked at creating a separate agency, saying that grows government.

Like the Senate plan, White's proposal would extend credit protection services to taxpayers beyond the one year provided under the contract negotiated by Gov. Nikki Haley. But it specifies five years, rather than a possible 10.

The effort follows the massive hacking last fall at the Department of Revenue, when a cyber-thief stole unencrypted Social Security and bank account numbers of 6.4 million residents and businesses.

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