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Pryor-Rockefeller Bill Adds Momentum to Data Breach Debate, Says BSA

Activity in both chambers of Congress creates opportunity to enact law this year
WASHINGTON — June 15, 2011 —

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) welcomed legislation reintroduced today by Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) that would require businesses and nonprofit organizations that store consumers’ personal information to put in place strong security measures and alert consumers when their data has been breached.

“I applaud Senators Pryor and Rockefeller for adding momentum to the data breach debate,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman, who also testified today in support of similar data security and breach notification legislation before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “With parallel activities now underway in both chambers of Congress, lawmakers have a golden opportunity to pass a national data security and breach notification law this year.”

“This is an urgent issue,” Holleyman said. “The headlines are full of stories about data breaches that present very real concerns for consumers. Bills now under consideration in the Senate and House would address that problem by requiring organizations that hold consumers’ personal data to protect it with reasonable security measures, by creating market incentives to deploy strong security, and by requiring consumers to be promptly notified when a breach puts them at risk of material harm.”

“BSA looks forward to working with Sens. Pryor and Rockefeller, along with their colleagues in both chambers of Congress, to forge final consensus on national data security and breach notification legislation this year. The time is now.”

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The Business Software Alliance ( is the leading global advocate for the software industry. It is an association of nearly 100 world-class companies that invest billions of dollars annually to create software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. Through international government relations, intellectual property enforcement and educational activities, BSA expands the horizons of the digital world and builds trust and confidence in the new technologies driving it forward.

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