Leslie Thorne and Emily Westridge Black in Law360: Despite Bipartisan Support, Data Breach Law Faces Obstacles


During the State of the Union address on Jan. 20, 2015, President Obama put a national spotlight on critical cybersecurity issues, including a potential federal data breach notification law. This proposal is not new, and has been on businesses’ wish list for some time. In fact, several bills addressing this issue have stalled out in Congress. However, the prominent mention by the president — coupled with the growing public concern over cybersecurity in the wake of the recent string of high-profile data breaches — may put new pressure on legislators to take action.

There appears to be bipartisan support for cybersecurity legislation, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle voicing support for these ideas. Indeed, in a speech to cabinet leadership, President Obama noted that “I’ve talked to both the Speaker [of the House, Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio] as well as [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell [R, Ky.] about this and I think we agree that this is an area where we can work hard together and get some legislation done, and make sure that we are much more effective in protecting the American people from these kinds of cyber-attacks.”

Excerpted from Law360 on February 3, 2015. To read the full article, please click here (subscription required).

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