Monday, February 10, 2014

State Division of Criminal Justice legislative recommendations

The state Division of Criminal Justice will submit recommendations for legislation to the committee indicated for consideration in the 2014 Regular Session of the General Assembly, according to a release.
View the recommendations here.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Blumenthal introduces 'Personal Data Protection and Breach Accountability Act'

In a release,  U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. and Ed Markey, D-Mass., said that "ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on a recent spate of data breaches," they introduced the Personal Data Protection and Breach Accountability Act, "a bill that would help protect consumers’ personal and financial information from hackers by taking a multi-pronged approach to combating the risks associated with data breaches. Already, a little more than a month into the new year, there have been at least 30 reported data breaches that have left the personal and financial information of over 99,000 consumers at risk."  

Blumenthal said, also in the release, “This bill will give consumers much stronger, industry-wide protections against massive thefts of private financial information by hackers and digital thieves. Stiffer enforcement with stringent penalties are vital to assure that retailers use state of the art safeguards. ” 

Read the proposed act here:

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Statement by President Obama and First Lady on the Passing of Joan Mondale

The White House on Monday released this statement by President Barack Obama, with First Lady Michelle Obama, on the death of Joan Mondale.

The statement is shared unedited here:

"Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to former Vice President Walter Mondale and his family on the passing of Joan Adams Mondale.  America first came to know Joan through her husband; she was his devoted partner in public service, from Minnesota to Washington.  A lifelong patron of the arts, Joan filled the Vice Presidential mansion with works by dozens of artists, including many unknowns, and later did the same at the U.S. embassy in Japan during her husband’s tenure as ambassador.  Through her contributions to the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities and the Kennedy Center, she passionately advocated for the role of art in the life of our nation and the promotion of understanding worldwide.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Vice President Mondale and his family today as we remember with gratitude “Joan of Art” and her service to our nation."

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