Obama turning to cybersecurity in buildup to State of the Union

January 12, 2015

President Obama on Monday will propose a pair of new bills designed to boost cybersecurity protections in the wake of a massive data breach at Sony Pictures that drew new questions about the nation’s readiness to respond to online attacks.

The president will propose the Personal Data Notification & Protection Act, a bill that would require all corporations to notify consumers within a month if their personal information had been exposed in a data breach. The bill would also criminalize the overseas trade of identify information.

He’ll also unveil the Student Digital Privacy Act, which would prohibit companies from selling data collected on school technology. The legislation, modeled on a similar law in California, would keep firms from using personal data collected from the computers, tablets, and software becoming an increasingly significant part of classroom learning.



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