Federal Privacy Law News – Following White House and Congress Efforts
Clarip is closely following discussions of proposed federal privacy law. Here is our past coverage of media reports from the President / White House and Congress:
White House staff are reportedly meeting with members of the tech / business community and working on a proposal for Congress to regulate data privacy on the internet. Initial rumors put the timetable for an announcement of the new policy for last fall. The deadline from those initial media reports has come and gone. There are a number of bills already in Congress but we will be closely following any announcement’s of new privacy legislation from President Donald Trump or his staff.
Although President Trump and the White House have not endorsed a bill on privacy yet, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) requested comment on a proposed approach to protect consumer privacy in September and received over 200 comments from public organizations, industry associations, companies, academics and other individuals.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is also part of the Commerce Department, has also been working on a voluntary privacy framework this fall similar to the voluntary cybersecurity framework that it released several years back.
Coverage of White House and Federal Regulators::
U.S. House of Representatives
The House is considering a number of different privacy bills including the BROWSER Act, the APPS Act, the DATA Act, the Secure and Protect Americans’ Data Act, and the Do Not Track Kids Act. We have compiled information about each one of them.
In light of the election victory this November, the House Democrats are expected to use their clout to push for a robust data privacy law. Multiple media outlets reported either before or after the election that the House will push for additional protections in this area. The big question seems to be whether they can come to an agreement on the terms from the various proposed bills that can garner enough support to make it through the Republican-led Senate.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has said that California representatives are unlikely to allow a weaker federal privacy law to preempt the California Consumer Privacy Act.
The Senate will be considering privacy bills such as the CONSENT Act, the Social Media Privacy and Consumer Rights Act, and the Do Not Track Kids Act. We have compiled information about each one of them and will be closely following the news to bring you additional information as the Senate gets deeper into the process of crafting a new federal privacy law.
American Data Dissemination Act – Senator Marco Rubio.
Data Care Act – 15 Senate Democrats led by Senator Schatz
Consumer Data Protection Act – Draft by Senator Wyden
Business and Organization Proposals
Tech companies have seized on the opportunity to influence federal law and possibly avoid adoption of a patchwork system of state laws through preemption following the passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). This has resulted in lobbying efforts by multiple tech companies and business organizations. As part of their efforts, they have created a few different proposals for privacy bills and released them for discussion. We have included links to information about some of the potential bills below:
Last Update: July 3, 2019