Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Cybersecurity Legislative Proposal

“I welcome the introduction of cybersecurity legislation in the Senate and commend Majority Leader Reid for his commitment to addressing this important issue.  I have worked for years in the Judiciary Committee to advance meaningful legislation to address the threats to our nation’s cybersecurity, combat cybercrime and protect the privacy rights of American consumers.  The Senate’s consideration of cybersecurity legislation is long overdue.  I look forward to working with Leader Reid and with members on both sides of the aisle to ensure that the Senate’s cybersecurity legislation not only protects our nation’s computer networks, but also protects privacy, promotes transparency and American innovation, and safeguards Americans’ civil liberties.”

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BACKGROUND: Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is the author of the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act, legislation that will enhance data privacy and cybersecurity protections for Americans’ personal information.  Leahy first introduced the legislation, with bipartisan support, in 2005.  The Judiciary Committee most recently approved the legislation, including cybercrime provisions, in September 2011.


The Personal Data Privacy and Security Act will establish a national standard for data breach notification, and require American businesses that collect and store consumers’ sensitive personal information to establish and implement data privacy and security programs to prevent breaches from occurring.  The bill also includes new criminal provisions to update federal cybercrime laws to address new cyber threats.

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