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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (Photo: John Disney/ALM)

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced on Tuesday that he would veto a controversial bill, Senate Bill 315, criminalizing “unauthorized computer access,” citing the bill’s potential to hinder, rather than help, organizations’ ability to secure their computer systems as a reason for his decision.

Deal noted in a statement that “certain components of the legislation have led to concerns regarding national security implications and other potential ramifications. Consequently, while intending to protect against online breaches and hacks, SB 315 may inadvertently hinder the ability of government and private industries to do so.”

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Gabrielle Orum Hernández

Gabrielle Orum Hernández is a reporter with Legaltech News and the Daily Report covering legal technology startups and vendors. She can be reached by email at [email protected], or on Twitter at @GMOrumHernandez.

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