As some members of Congress continue to voice concern over whether the financial reform bill signed into law last week sufficiently protects consumer privacy, many state legislators have already made up their minds that it does not.

State governments have been prolific in introducing privacy laws that are much tougher than federal laws, and the passage of what some state legislators perceive to be yet another weak national measure may boost stringent privacy proposals that are pending in several large states. This year 1,875 privacy bills were introduced and 356 enacted in 41 states as of August, according to StateNet, a legislation tracking service in Washington.

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