Sideloading: Why is Congress Risking Consumer Security?

Every day, millions of American consumers will download mobile applications from either Apple’s App Store or the Google Play store. These applications, or apps for short, allow consumers to do everything from play games to purchase stocks. Despite the immense benefits these stores provide consumers, lawmakers in Washington D.C. and in statehouses across the country […]

Antitrust Bill Puts Consumer Data at Risk

Last year, lawmakers in the House of Representatives and Senate introduced the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, which if enacted, would rewrite America’s antitrust rules by prohibiting specific online tech platforms from self-preferencing their goods and services. Also contained in the AICOA text are requirements that specific tech platforms share data with small businesses […]

Cyberattacks Highlight the Need for More Robust Data Protection for Governments

On December 13, 2021, Governor Ralph Northam announced Virginia’s Division of Legislative Automated Systems, the state’s “information technology agency,” had been the victim of a ransomware attack. This attack led “to the shutdown of most of the websites for Virginia’s legislative agencies and commissions, including the Division of Legislative Services and the Division of Capitol […]

The Economic Standard: Antitrust Proposals Could Leave Consumers Vulnerable

Throughout 2020 and 2021, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have proposed numerous new antitrust measures to alter how big tech companies operate. While these measures may be politically popular given the growing public hostility towards big tech companies, proponents of these new laws have failed to consider the substantial benefits and cybersecurity protections these companies offer to […]

What Should a Federal Data Standard Look Like?

As Congress wraps up for the 2021 legislative year, attention is beginning to turn to next year’s priorities. One issue that seems likely to dominate lawmakers’ time next session will be the issue of data privacy and cybersecurity and the possible creation of a federal data protection standard. The issue currently enjoys broad bipartisan support, […]

Congress Must Strengthen Cyberattack Reporting Requirements

Despite the increasing number in cyberattacks occurring in 2021, there is still no federal strategy to combat cybercrime and cyberattacks. These attacks occur faster and more frequently than ever before, threatening American consumers’ personal information and economic security. However, despite the growing problem, developing a federal strategy for combating cybercrime does not seem to be […]

Town Hall: IRS Snooping Could Imperil Consumer Data

Arguably one of the most concerning provisions in the Democrats’budget reconciliation package is enabling the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to look into American’s bank accounts if they have deposits greater than $10,000, excluding salaries, each year. Not only does this provision represent a flagrant violation of privacy and a constitutional right to unreasonable search and seizures, […]

Townhall: It’s Time for Congress to Take Concrete Steps to Protect Consumer Data

According to Security Magazine, there are an estimated 2,200 cyberattacks each day in the United States. That amounts to around 91 attacks every hour or one attack every 39 seconds. In 2020, the average cost of responding to a cyberattack to businesses of all sizes was estimated to be $3.86 million. As our work, school, and healthcare moves online, the […]

Town Hall: Cyberattacks Aren’t Going Anywhere – We Need a National Strategy to Fight Them

US lawmakers have recently begun discussing the need for a federal plan to find out what types of cash payments are made after ransomware attacks. Cyberattacks have been ramping up in recent months, with each one underscoring the nation’s under-preparedness. The digital infrastructure of private companies and government organizations have plenty of vulnerabilities, and their responses […]

To Prevent Cyberattacks: Bigger is Better

Over the past decade, American consumers have become increasingly concerned about cyberattacks, cybersecurity, and data breaches. Currently, 87% of Americans say cybersecurity should be a priority for policymakers, while only 51% believe the government is doing enough to address the threat. Over the past decade, cybercrime has grown significantly. In 2010, for example, its estimated […]