Klobuchar Introduces Cloud Computing Act
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar on Monday announced that she will introduce bipartisan legislation that she claims will make Internet use safer and cloud computing more convenient.
The Cloud Computing Act of 2011-which is co-sponsored by Orrin Hatch, a Republican U.S. Senator from Utah-encourages the federal government to negotiate with other countries to establish consistent laws related to online security and cloud computing. It also aims to form new civil and criminal enforcement tools to investigate and prosecute hackers, and would require all federal agencies to create a “cloud-computing plan” and monitor progress toward more secure policies.
“The technology is moving ahead fast, and it's essential for our laws to keep pace with it,” Klobuchar said in a statement. “This legislation will clarify the rules of the road to make it safer and more convenient for both consumers and companies to zoom along on the information superhighway. It's pro-consumer, pro-business, and pro-innovation.”
Klobuchar unveiled the details at a Richfield Best Buy store in conjunction with a demonstration by Geek Squad members. Cloud computing is a term used to describe the storing, accessing, and sharing of data online through the use of massive data centers, known as clouds. Users can access the data from any Internet-connected device-for example, users of Web-based e-mail programs like Gmail engage in cloud computing.
Klobuchar-who serves on the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees-also is co-sponsor of the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act. That bill was introduced last week in an effort to add new rules pertaining to personal data.