Obama Cybersecurity Blitz May Lessen Liability for Breaches

January 13, 2015 – In The News

Scott L. Vernick was quoted in the Law360 article, “Obama Cybersecurity Blitz May Lessen Liability for Breaches.” Full text can be found in the January 13, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is below.

On January 13, the White House proposed legislative framework that would provide “targeted liability protection” to companies sharing cyberattack data with the government. The announcement came just one day after President Obama unveiled several additional proposals, including the creation of a national breach reporting standard.

The proposals appear to be similar to legislative proposals that have been brought to lawmakers during previous congressional sessions, which lead some to question if increased pressure in the wake of recent major breaches is enough to overcome previous hurdles.

“What's new is that there is definitely momentum in light of the Sony cyberattack, and I'm sure the administration sees this as an opportunity to forge a national data breach notification statute and to push information sharing legislation,” said Scott L. Vernick, a noted privacy attorney. “But what's old is whether or not that will get done or if it will be politics as usual.”

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