June 22, 2011 – Public fallout from the data breaches that have affected Citigroup and other large enterprises in and out of finance recently has reached the political push back stage, with both Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) hoping the events will breathe new life into data protection legislation that’s failed in the past.
Sen. Leahy has introduced the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2011 – co-sponsored by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.). It follows similar bills that failed to advance in the Senate in 2005, 2007 and 2009. In 2009, the bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, but faced industry opposition and did not reach a vote in the full Senate.
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