Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Federal Trade Commission Report On Consumer Privacy

“The Federal Trade Commission’s report released today called on Congress to enact legislation to protect the privacy of American consumers, including data security and data breach notification legislation. Last year, I reintroduced comprehensive data privacy legislation that will better protect Americans’ sensitive personal data and reduce the risk of data security breaches.  The Judiciary Committee has approved this legislation, and the Senate should consider it without further delay.

“The Personal Data Privacy and Security Act would establish a single nationwide standard for data breach notification, and require that companies that have databases with sensitive personal information to establish and implement data privacy and security programs.  The Judiciary Committee has previously reported similar legislation three times, each time with strong, bipartisan support.  Today’s FTC report highlights the need for Congress to finally enact this necessary legislation.”

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