Today, NetChoice raised concerns with the Consumer Online Privacy
introduced by Sen. Cantwell. The bill creates a private right of action with
statutory damages, harms America’s mid-size businesses, and fails to provide a
comprehensive privacy law for the country.
“America’s mid-size businesses face a Sophie’s choice about
whether to live with today’s patchwork of state privacy laws, or support this
bill that would unleash a tsunami of class action lawsuits,” said Carl Szabo,
Vice President & General Counsel for NetChoice.
“The “right to delete” rules in this bill would help bad actors
hide their past transgressions, as some have done using Europe’s “Right To Be
Forgotten.” Of the total removal requests made using that law in the
UK and Ireland, 31% were related to frauds and scams, 20% were violent or
serious criminal arrests, and 12% were child pornography arrests.”
“Far from being comprehensive about consumer privacy, this bill
does not apply to personal data collected by non-profits, banks, and healthcare