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Enhancing protections for sensitive information in congressional investigations

December 01, 2019 / The Hill

Congress has unique power to obtain sensitive information from private parties through oversight. That power comes with commensurate responsibility to secure the information. While some measures are in place, Congress could and should do more to strengthen its data protection protocols. Today’s Congress  including more than 13,000 employees  stores an unprecedented amount of electronic data. This includes personal identifying information, trade secrets, company business and pricing strategies, manufacturing information, health records, and information regarding national security issues. Inadvertent public disclosure of such data could profoundly impact companies and harm consumers. Some breaches could even influence financial markets and threaten national security.