• As reported in the June 13 edition, the House Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee held a hearing on June 15, 2011, to consider consumer protection legislation. The bill is called the Secure and Fortify Data Act (SAFE Data Act) and was introduced by Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Cal., to create uniform national standards for data security and notification of data breaches. In support of the bill, Rep. Bono Mack has stated that “E-commerce is a vital and growing part of our economy. We should take steps to embrace and protect it – and that starts with robust cyber security.” For further information about the bill, which is not yet publicly available, click here.
  • On June 16, 2011, Senator John “Jay” Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, released a statement regarding the FCC’s investigation of “cramming” that commenced with $11.7 million in Notices of Apparent Liability (see FCC Announcements above). He stated that he is “pleased to hear that the FCC is making progress in the fight against mystery fees on phone bills, … However, I don’t believe it will be enough to stop the problem.” He noted that recent enhancements to FCC disclosure rules also have not resolved the problem of “cramming,” and that his Committee will hold a hearing on this matter and release a report soon. To view the Senator’s full statement, click here.
  • The Senate Crime and Terrorrism Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Cybersecurity: Evaluating the Administration’s Proposals” on June 21, 2011, at 2:30 pm Eastern in 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Scheduled witnesses include James A. Baker, Associate Deputy Attorney General, and Ari Schwartz, Senior Internet Policy Advisor, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). For more information, click here