Protecting your privacy and your finances
Jon was one of the 309,000 people whose personal information was compromised in a computer security breach at the University of Maryland earlier this year. Americans are increasingly relying on technology and placing themselves at risk from sophisticated hackers. Cyber attacks disseminate sensitive information and impose high costs on the economy. For instance, it can cost a victim of cyber sexual assault, also known as “revenge porn,” thousands of dollars to have explicit photographs taken offline.
Jon believes that law enforcement should be two steps ahead of today’s criminals. Our laws need updating to make that possible. Thirty years ago, we never anticipated the ways in which the internet would make our lives easier and we certainly did not anticipate the ways in which criminals could use the internet to harm others. Jon sponsored two bills during the 2014 session to protect citizens from online threats. One bill sought to protect victims of “revenge porn” whose pictures have been published online without their consent. Jon has also supported legislation to prevent identity fraud and voted for the Personal Information Protection Act of 2008 that strengthened protections against unauthorized access to or use of personal information.