State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25) is the Senate Majority Leader and represents Norwalk and Darien.
Here in Connecticut, we know that our personal information is under constant threat from cybercriminals. That is why our state legislature, championed by Senate Democrats, has passed some of the toughest cybersecurity protection laws in the country. Federal preemption of Connecticut’s laws places millions of Connecticut consumers in jeopardy and delivers a victory to hackers throughout the world.
While Congress is considering proposals for a national law on data breach notification and data security, it is imperative that they recognize the role that states have already played in developing and enforcing legislation on this issue. In Connecticut, our law mandates reporting of data breaches to the Connecticut attorney general, who is already taking steps to ensure that consumers’ sensitive information is protected.
There are currently eight bills before Congress that address data security and data breach notification, and all but one of these bills would preempt states’ laws and enforcement efforts. Most of these bills, as presently written, would provide less protection to consumers than current Connecticut law.
Sign my online petition to tell Connecticut’s Congressional delegation to reject any proposed legislation and to vote against any bill that preempts states’ laws involving these critical issues.