U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Thursday that the debt debate that’s certain to dominate the discussion when Congress meets again in September shouldn’t prevent Congress from passing a vital bill to protect citizens’ data privacy.

He met with academic computer security experts at the University of Connecticut’s Greater Hartford campus to hear ideas as he drafts the bill. It’s a necessary effort because computer data breaches are a continuing and constant threat to citizens and consumers both in Connecticut and across the country, he said.

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