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Published 20 January 2015

A significant focus of President Obama’s State of the Union address on 20 January 2015 was privacy and cybersecurity, which set out the urgent need for comprehensive legislation to address the threat posed by cyber attacks. 

The key elements of the president’s legislative proposals include:

  • Facilitating cyber threat information sharing between government and the private sector;
  • Updating law enforcement authority to pursue and prosecute cybercriminals;
  • Establishing a national data breach notification standard;
  • Allowing educational data to be used only for educational purposes; and
  • Advancing a renewed proposal for a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.

These proposals are predominantly set out in two draft pieces of legislation, one covering cybersecurity and one covering data breach notification.

A copy of the proposed cybersecurity legislation is available here, and a copy of the proposed data breach notification legislation is available here.

The White House Press release commenting on the proposed legislation is available here.

Following his State of the Union address on 13 February 2015, President Obama spoke at a Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Summit at Stanford University, where he elaborated on his cybersecurity agenda and signed an executive order promoting private sector cybersecurity information sharing.

A copy of the executive order is available here.

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