Senator Aims for Tough Breach Notification Law

Senator Patrick Leahy has reintroduced the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act into the Senate on 7 June 2011, a Bill which proposes to enact comprehensive personal data and privacy protections. Amongst other matters, the Bill would “establish a national standard for data breach notification, and require American businesses that collect and store consumers’ sensitive personal information to safeguard that information from cyber threats”. Concealing security breaches which cause economic damage to consumers would incur criminal penalties.

It is the fourth time that Senator Leahy has introduced such legislation into Congress, and the Bill has both bipartisan support and approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Further information from the Library of Congress
Senator Leahy’s media release (7 June 2011)

Related news item:
The Register: US bill would make concealing data breaches a crime (8 June 2011)
(Source: Senator Leahy; Library of Congress; The Register)