The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (CA-45), today approved legislation to protect American consumers from cyber attacks and identity theft. The Secure and Fortify Electronic Data Act (H.R. 2577), or SAFE Data Act, passed the subcommittee by voice vote. The bill now moves to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration.
The SAFE Data Act, authored by Chairman Bono Mack, will enhance protection of personal information by establishing uniform national standards for data security and data breach notification. H.R. 2577 builds on legislation passed by the House last Congress and reflects the changing landscape of data security. The legislation also encompasses many of the lessons learned at recent subcommittee hearings, which examined this year's massive data breaches at Sony and Epsilon.
"With cyber attacks clearly on the rise, something needs to be done immediately. In April of this year alone, some 30 data breaches at hospitals, insurance companies, universities, banks, airlines and governmental agencies impacted nearly 100 million records. And that's in addition to the massive breaches at Sony, Epsilon and Citigroup," said Bono Mack. "This constant assault on American consumers only reinforces my long-held belief that much more needs to be done to protect sensitive personal information."