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Concealing a Data Breach Would Be a Crime Under Leahy Bill

Companies would be required to disclose cyber attacks that jeopardize consumers’ personal information and concealing a data breach would be made a crime under Senate legislation aimed at enhancing privacy protections.

The bill unveiled today by Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, would set a national standard for notifying consumers that replaces data-breach reporting requirements in 47 states. Leahy, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, cited recent cyber attacks at companies including Sony Corp. and Lockheed Martin Corp. as he introduced the measure.