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Ron Johnson: Congress Must Balance Cyber Info-Sharing, Data Breach Notification Issues

Sen. Ron Johnson
Sen. Ron Johnson

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he believes that Congress can help strengthen U.S. cybersecurity efforts if it pushes for public-private information sharing with liability protections and notification procedures for data breach incidents.

Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wrote in an opinion piece published Monday on The Hill that the measures can address concerns as cyber attacks affect both security and the economy.

He also noted that lawmakers must find a balance in the proposed information-sharing and data breach notification bills to cover potential issues with privacy, backdoor regulations and legislative clashes across states.

“I believe we can find common ground by balancing the need to share information and the need to protect people’s privacy,” Johnson said.

“It is also important that a national standard [on data breach notification] does not impose such stringent deadlines that it would require companies to distribute inaccurate information or alert intruders that they are under investigation.”

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