On February 24, Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) formally introduced his bill to modernize the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (“GLBA”) in the House as H.R. 1165. The bill was first released as a discussion draft in June 2022, although the latest version reflects a number of updates as compared to the initial discussion draft. The bill has
President Biden Signs Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Preparedness Act
In a new post on the Inside Tech Media blog, our colleagues discuss the “Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Preparedness Act,” which President Biden signed into law in the final days of 2022. The Act recognizes that current encryption protocols used by the federal government might one day be vulnerable to compromise as a result of…
Is Congress about to pass comprehensive privacy legislation?
After years of negotiations, members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have released bipartisan comprehensive privacy legislation—the American Data Privacy and Protection Act. Democrats and Republicans have put forward separate proposals in the past that have more in common than different. The two main points of disagreement that have historically stalled a comprehensive…
U.S. Congress Introduces Kids Online Safety Act
Last week, Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced the bipartisan Kids Online Safety Act (“KOSA”), which would impose new safeguards, tools, and transparency requirements for minors online. The bill applies to entities that are a “commercial software application or electronic service that connects to the internet and that is used, or is…
Rep. Castor Reintroduces Bill to Rewrite the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
Yesterday, Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) introduced an updated version of the “Protecting the Information of our Vulnerable Children and Youth Act” (Kids PRIVCY Act), which would make broad changes the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Rep. Castor introduced a similar bill in early 2020, but it stalled alongside other proposals to overhaul the federal children’s privacy law last year.
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Bill Introduced Would Preempt State Laws and Strengthen FTC Enforcement
As the push for Congress to pass comprehensive consumer privacy legislation increases, Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) has re-introduced the Information Transparency & Personal Data Control Act, a compromise proposal that contains provisions sought by both parties. This bill would create national data privacy standards and increase the enforcement authority of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys general. …
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Republicans Poised To Introduce COVID-19 Privacy Bill
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker is working on draft legislation that would regulate the collection and use of health and location information in connection with efforts to track and limit the spread of COVID-19. Some key highlights of the tentatively titled “COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act” include:…
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Four Federal Privacy Trends to Watch in 2020
Heading into the new year, California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) readiness remains top of mind for many businesses, especially as continued developments, such as the California Attorney General’s forthcoming implementing regulations, may implicate compliance efforts. State legislation will likely move forward in 2020. At the same time, however, companies should not lose sight of legislative proposals at the federal level, which have the potential to reshape the privacy landscape in the United States and even preempt state laws such as the CCPA. The question of whether a federal privacy bill can pass in 2020 remains an open one. But regardless of whether a bill will actually pass, the legislative proposals that are emerging this year likely will shape the contours of federal legislation that could move toward becoming law.
Although the issues of preemption and a private right of action dominated the federal privacy conversation last year, four legislative trends emerged in 2019 that also may become key components of a federal privacy framework:…
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House Energy and Commerce Committee Circulates Draft Privacy Bill Expanding FTC Authority
On December 18, 2019, staffers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee circulated a draft of a bipartisan privacy bill. The draft is currently unnamed and unfinished, but it lays out a comprehensive framework that expands both individuals’ rights to their data and the FTC’s enforcement role over digital privacy. Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) have been particularly involved in working on the bill.
“We welcome input from all interested stakeholders and look forward to working with them going forward,” an Energy and Commerce spokesperson told The Hill. “This draft seeks to protect consumers while also giving data collectors clear rules of the road. It reflects many months of hard work and close collaboration between Democratic and Republican Committee staff.”
The draft bill echoes many of the provisions in the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act (COPRA) introduced last month by Democratic senators. However, unlike COPRA, the bill is silent on two notable issues: whether individuals have a private right of action to assert violations and whether the bill would preempt state laws. …
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Democratic Senators Introduce the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act
On November 26, 2019, a group of Democratic senators introduced the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act (COPRA). This comprehensive privacy bill—sponsored by Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Ed Markey (D-MA)—would grant individuals broad control over their data, impose new obligations on data processing, and expand the FTC’s enforcement role over digital privacy.
“In the growing online world, consumers deserve two things: privacy rights and a strong law to enforce them,” Senator Cantwell explained. “They should be like your Miranda rights—clear as a bell as to what they are and what constitutes a violation.”
Here are some key elements of the bill:…
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