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Getting a Consensus on Regulating Data-

October 19, 2009

Interview with Rep. Yvette Clarke, Chair, House Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity and Science and Technology

To quell the rising tide of information breaches and to protect government and key civilian IT systems, the idea of regulating IT and data is gaining ground among those who shape federal law and policies.

If such regulation comes about, Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., will be involved in shaping authorizing legislation, by virtue of her chairmanship of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity and Science and Technology.

Clarke, in an interview with, said any such law or regulation must not hamper innovation.

In the interview, Clarke discusses:

Key elements of what she terms the National Data Breach Law.

The deliberate approach the House is taking to implementing cybersecurity legislation.

President Obama’s need to appoint a cybersecurity coordinator now.

Clarke represents one of the country’s most ethnically diverse Congressional districts, New York’s 11th in central Brooklyn, which includes some of the borough’s most recognizable sites: Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Library. The 11th is the nation’s third smallest Congressional district by area – 12.05 square miles – and the smallest represented by a woman.

The congresswoman was interviewed by Managing Editor Eric Chabrow.

In creating the so-called National Data Breach Law, Congress must solicit ideas of the private sector to assure any regulation doesn’t hamper innovation, Clarke says.