Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Obama Administration’s Cybersecurity Executive Order

[U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment Wednesday after President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union address Tuesday night an executive order to improve cybersecurity.]


“I appreciate the President’s Executive Order to strengthen our cybersecurity.  Developing a comprehensive national cybersecurity strategy is one of the most serious and threatening unmet needs confronting the nation.  Now Congress must do its part and enact meaningful solutions to enhance cybersecurity and better protect Americans’ digital privacy.  New privacy laws to establish a single, national standard for data breach notification and to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act are long overdue. 

“The Judiciary Committee has made improving the security of our Nation’s computer networks one of its highest priorities.  I look forward to working with the Obama administration and others in Congress to enact cybersecurity legislation that not only protects our security in cyberspace, but also respects our privacy and civil liberties.”

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