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Leahy Data Breach Bill Would Bolster Online Trust, Says BSA

Personal Data Privacy and Security Act energizes debate in 112th Congress

Washington — June 7, 2011 —

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) today commended Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) for reintroducing legislation that would create a national framework for protecting consumers’ data and notifying them in the event of a security breach.

“I applaud Sen. Leahy and his colleagues for reintroducing national data security and breach legislation in the 112th Congress,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “When Sen. Leahy first introduced this bill in 2005, there were 22 states with data breach notification laws on the books. That regulatory patchwork was already causing confusion for consumers and unnecessary compliance burdens for companies. Now, almost all states have breach laws. BSA urges Congress to pass data security and breach notification legislation this session to create a single, national standard to replace the unwieldy state patchwork we have today.”

If enacted, the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2011 will establish a national standard for data breach notification and require businesses that collect and store consumers’ sensitive personal information to safeguard it from cyber threats. Additionally, the bill would streamline compliance for businesses and provide incentives for the adoption of strong data security measures.

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