Insurance trade groups urged New York State legislators yesterday to avoid enacting measures to safeguard against data theft that they said could be burdensome for both industry and consumers.

Their comments were made to a joint session of two committees drafting legislation that would make New York the 13th state to enact a measure allowing consumers to freeze access to their data. Twenty states are pondering such legislation, according to legislative staff.

The hearing was held by the Senate Committee on Consumer Protection and Assembly Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection. So far, five bills have been submitted in the Assembly and one in the Senate.

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