An In-Depth Analysis of President Obama's January 2015 Proposals on Privacy and Security

On January 12 and 13, 2015, U.S. President Barack Obama made two announcements regarding the White House's continued work to address evolving issues in privacy and security. The first announcement, titled Safeguarding American Consumers and Families, outlines steps the administration is taking to address important issues of personal privacy, including proposing legislation to protect student privacy. The second announcement, titled Securing Cyberspace, reintroduces and reframes three legislative proposals made to Congress, and announces other steps aimed at protecting the government, the economy and the United States.

While some aspects of the administration's proposals, such as student privacy, are noncontroversial and will likely gain traction in this Congress, others, such as efforts to enact an omnibus federal privacy law grounded in a "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights," appear to have little hope of succeeding. While some critics complain that the president has released nothing new, others applaud the president for continuing to advance the ball on important modern issues, such as cyber threat information sharing, on which Congress has been reluctant to act. These supporters suggest to Congress that it "should use this plan as a guideline, and improve upon it to craft significant legislation that further cultivates the public-private cyber threat partnership."

This Special Report provides an overview and analysis of the two plans and explains their impact on U.S. companies.

Read the full Special Report here.

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