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Sen. Leahy Reintroduces Data Privacy Legislation

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) reintroduced data privacy legislation Wednesday.
WASHINGTON - Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) reintroduced data privacy legislation Wednesday.

A press release says the bill would establish a national standard for data breach notification. It would also require American businesses that collect and store consumers' personal information to safeguard that information from cyber threats.

“The recent data breach at Target involving the debit and credit card data of as many as 40 million customers during the Christmas holidays is a reminder that developing a comprehensive national strategy to protect data privacy and cybersecurity remains one of the most challenging and important issues facing our Nation,” said Sen. Leahy.

Key provisions of the bill include:
  • Tough criminal penalties for individuals who intentionally or willfully conceal a security breach involving personal data when the breach causes economic damage to consumers;
  • A requirement that companies that maintain personal data establish and implement internal policies to protect data privacy and security;
  • An update the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to make attempted computer hacking and conspiracy to commit computer hacking punishable under the same criminal penalties as the underlying offense.
Read Sen. Leahy's full statement regarding the data privacy legislation.
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