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Leahy Proposes To Make Hiding a Data Breach a Crime

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 30, 2012

The Hill reports on an amendment by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to the proposed Cybersecurity Act that seeks to “make it a crime for a company to hide a data breach from its customers.” The proposed amendment would make it possible for “anyone who purposefully conceals a data breach that causes financial damage” to face a five-year prison term. Leahy has also proposed other amendments to the act seeking to set a national breach notification standard and require companies to establish data protection programs if they store sensitive personal information, the report states. A debate on the Cybersecurity Act is expected in the Senate today.
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