Senator Introduces Online Security Bill

Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, introduced a new bill Thursday that aims to protect citizens’ personal information from online data breaches. The bill would also punish companies that are careless with customers’ information.

The goal of the proposed law is essentially to hold accountable the companies and entities that store personal information and personal data and to deter data breaches, Senator Blumenthal said in a phone interview. While looking at past data breaches, I’ve been struck with how many are preventable.

The new bill, called the Personal Data Protection and Breach Accountability Act of 2011, comes at a time when online privacy and security are hot topics in Congress. The White House has also been involved in discussions around new online privacy rules and legislation — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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