Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Obama Administration’s Cybersecurity Proposals

“I welcome the President’s proposals to strengthen and enhance our national cybersecurity.  I am pleased that the package includes proposals to establish a national standard for data breach notification and new tools to combat cybercrime.  These provisions mirror the bipartisan Leahy Personal Data Privacy and Security Act, which the Judiciary Committee has favorably reported several times in past Congresses.  The recent reports of data security breaches at Sony and Epsilon, along with the new privacy risks posed by smartphones and other mobile technologies, are important reminders that we cannot wait to enact legislation to better protect Americans’ digital privacy.

“In the digital age, developing a comprehensive national strategy for cybersecurity is one of the most challenging and important issues facing our Nation.  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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