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NetChoice Praises Congressional Attention on Privacy, But New Proposals Need Serious Work

Today, a bipartisan group of Representative and Senators released a discussion draft of the American Data Privacy and Protection Act, led by Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Ranking Member Roger Wicker (R-MS).

“We’re pleased Congress is working on a tech issue Americans actually care about,” said Carl Szabo, Vice President and General Counsel at NetChoice “That said, this bill has a very long way to go.”

“The American Data Privacy and Protection Act fails a central requirement of any good federal privacy law: to create a national privacy standard. As it stands, the bill leaves a fractured and complex national privacy environment – making it nearly impossible for Americans to know how their data is treated as they travel between states or visit different websites,” said Carl Szabo, Vice President & General Counsel for NetChoice.

“The bill gives favored status to California’s privacy law while obliterating privacy laws in other states like Colorado, Utah, and Virginia,” continued Szabo. “The private right of action opens the door for abusive litigation where large incumbents can litigate future competitors out of existence.”

“We’re excited to work with Congress on the only tech policy issue that Americans are invested in, privacy and security of personal data.”