- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - State officials say proposed federal legislation could strip Connecticut residents of cybersecurity protections included in a new state law.

Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff and Attorney General George Jepsen on Tuesday encouraged citizens to sign an online petition, urging the state’s congressional delegation to oppose any proposed legislation that would pre-empt state cybersecurity laws and enforcement efforts.

Connecticut’s new law requires health insurance companies to create protocols protect customers’ private data. Among other provisions, the law requires all new smartphones sold in Connecticut to contain a kill switch, making the phone useless if it’s stolen.

Earlier this month, Jepsen and attorneys general from 46 states sent a letter to congressional leaders asking them to preserve states’ abilities to investigate and act in response to data breaches affecting their residents.

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