The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee reported an identity theft prevention bill (S. 1178) on April 25, requiring businesses, organizations, and federal agencies to notify consumers if their information is improperly released and might lead to identity theft. Under S. 1178, sponsored by Commerce Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI), consumers would be able to place a credit freeze their accounts. A similar Commerce Committee bill never came up for a Senate vote in the last Congress.