Sen. Hawley to Chair Subcommittee Hearing on Tech Companies Putting Consumer Data at Risk in China and Other Hostile Nation-States

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, announced a hearing entitled “How Corporations and Big Tech Leave Our Data Exposed to Criminals, China, and Other Bad Actors.”

In recent years, problems with data security have become more urgent. Nation-states like China exercise enormous control over local tech companies and sponsor cyberattacks on American firms. Criminals have created more sophisticated cyber operations, leading to data breaches affecting tens of millions of Americans. And big corporations, cooperating with foreign adversaries, are leaving our data vulnerable to malevolent actors.

And as big corporations collect ever-increasing amounts of personal data, they become even more appealing targets for hacking. This hearing will explore the state of cyber security in America, and how the government and private sector are facing this growing threat.

The hearing will explore several topics:

  • The unique vulnerabilities Americans face in the modern digital landscape.
  • The growing security concerns created by social media companies and other companies harvesting enormous amounts of user data.
  • The threat posed when foreign nation-states can easily access data held by private companies; and
  • The techniques used in cyberattacks and how individuals, private companies, and government officials can guard against those attack.

The hearing will be held on Tuesday, November 5 at 2:30 p.m. ET in Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226. More information for this hearing including the witness list and a link to a livestream will be announced this week.