Leahy Presents Consumer Protection Bill
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.June 8, 2011
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has introduced the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act, which would set a national standard for breach notification requirements and provide criminal penalties for offenders, reports Bloomberg. Leahy points to recent large-scale breaches as evidence that "developing a comprehensive national strategy to protect data privacy and security is one of the most challenging and important issues facing our country." This marks the fourth time Leahy has presented the bill to congress; each time it has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee but has not come up for a vote in the senate.