Earlier this month, Congressmen Rick Boucher and Cliff Stearns released a discussion draft of comprehensive federal privacy legislation (.pdf).

Among the many provisions of the draft bill is the requirement that any entity that collects information on individuals such as name, address, email address and telephone number, maintain "appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards" to secure the personal information. The draft bill would also require the FTC to implement new privacy rules and police the new safeguards.

The bill is also available from Rep. Boucher's website.