In an op-ed for The Hill, WilmerHale Partners Reginald Brown, Alyssa DaCunha and Blake Roberts make a case for U.S. Congress doing more to strengthen data protection protocols for sensitive information. Congress “stores an unprecedented amount of electronic data,” including personally identifying information, health records and information pertaining to national security issues, they write. “Inadvertent public disclosure of such data could profoundly impact companies and harm consumers,” they add. “Some breaches could even influence financial markets and threaten national security.” The partners propose Congress should only collect information necessary to an investigation, establish data sharing protocols, enact “need to know” protocols, and continue to improve its training and reporting protocols.
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