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United States Privacy Digest | Notes from the IAPP, July 29, 2022 Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, July 22, 2022

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Greetings from Portsmouth, New Hampshire! 

Privacy news continues to move fast and furious as Congress prepares for its August recess, although there has been some chatter the Senate might stick around a little bit longer. That might just be wishful thinking for those us waiting to see how the American Data Privacy and Protection Act plays out.

On the off chance you missed it last week, the American Data Privacy and Protection Act headed to the House floor for a full vote. Earlier this week, two children's privacy bills advanced to the Senate floor Thursday for a full vote.

And somewhat under the radar, Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., introduced the Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Preparedness Act. If passed, the bill would bolster government defenses "against quantum-computing-enabled data breaches," according to a statement from Hassan.

The legislation stems in part from concern at the rapid development of quantum computing and the potential for "sensitive encrypted data" to be stolen. Theoretically, hackers could hold on to the stolen data and wait until quantum systems have the capability to decrypt the information. The legislation also fits in with President Joe Biden's May directive to advance quantum technologies in an effort to mitigate "the risks that quantum computers pose to America’s national and economic security."

"The development of quantum computers is one of the next frontiers in technology, and with this emerging technology comes new risks as well," Hassan said. "Our national security information must remain secure as this technology quickly develops, and it is essential that the federal government is prepared to address cybersecurity concerns."

Under the act, the Office of Management and Budget would "create guidance for federal agencies" to evaluate critical systems after the National Institute of Standards and Technology published "post-quantum cryptography standards."

NIST is in the process of developing the standards. Earlier this month, the NIST identified four encryption tools that will become part of the standards. These tools could prevent a potential quantum computer attack on daily systems such as "online banking and email software." The NIST anticipates finalizing the standards in approximately two years. 

The House version of the bill was passed by a voice vote July 12. 

Maybe things will slow down while Congress is in recess during August, but something tells me that might not be the case. We will keep you updated as news beaks.

Have a happy and safe weekend. 

 

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