Cybersecurity & Digital Privacy

Senator Leahy has long been concerned with protecting privacy and personal information in the digital age.  Nearly three decades ago, Senator Leahy was the lead author of one of our nation’s premier privacy laws, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), a law to protect the privacy of Americans’ electronic communications.  

During the 113th and 114th Congresses, Senator Leahy partnered with Republican Senator Mike Lee to introduce legislation to update the Electronic Communication Privacy Act and protect the privacy of Americans’ emails.  Senator Leahy believes that updating the law is essential to ensuring that federal privacy protections keep pace with new technologies and the new threats to our security.  

Senator Leahy worked to secure greater protections for Americans personal information.  He is the author of the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act, comprehensive privacy legislation designed to protect American’s data and sensitive personal information by requiring that individuals be notified when their information has been compromised by a data breach.  Senator Leahy also worked to include meaningful health privacy protections in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

In 2009, Senator Leahy helped secure federal funding that led to the creation of the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. The Center is a world-class laboratory whose mission is to advance the field of digital investigation, with a focus on law enforcement. The Center provides computer forensics and digital investigation operational support, training, research, and other technical services to assist law enforcement agencies in Vermont and throughout the nation. LCDI students have shown tremendous success in securing high-paying jobs in the digital forensics industry after graduation.