• On July 20, 2011, the House Subcommittee on Manufacturing and Trade approved HR 2577, the Secure and Fortify Electronic (SAFE) Data Act, by voice vote. Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Cal., Chair of the Subcommittee and author of the bill, stated that "My legislation is crafted around a guiding principle: Consumers should be promptly informed when their personal information has been jeopardized." The bill would require, among other things, that the FTC adopt rules requiring consumer notification of data breaches, but does not provide a private right of action. To view the press release about HR 2577, click here. To view the bill, click here.
  • A bipartisan group of Senators, including Sen. John "Jay" Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, have issued a joint statement of support for S 911, the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act. Sen. Rockefeller stated that "We made a promise almost ten years ago to stand by those who protect us no matter what. It's time now that we make good on that promise." To view the full statement, click here. To read the bill, click here.
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled "Cybercrime: Updating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to Protect Cyberspace and Combat Emerging Threats" on August 3, 2011, at 10:00 am Eastern in 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Scheduled witnesses are James A. Baker, Associate Deputy Attorney General, DOJ, and Pablo A. Martinez, Criminal Investigative Division, U.S. Secret Service. For more information, click here.