The GOP leadership of the Senate Commerce Committee and House Energy & Commerce Committee recently called upon the Biden Administration “to work with Congress to enact a nationwide consumer data privacy law.”

In their July 16, 2021 letter, Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Ranking Member Roger Wicker (R-MS), Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), House Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-05), and Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12) “to prioritize comprehensive data privacy legislation as part of your Administration’s agenda,” including:

  • Establishing “one national data protection standard, rather than a patchwork of state laws, to provide consumers across the country with the same strong protections over their personal information no matter where they live”;
  • Increasing “transparency and accountability to ensure consumers have a better understanding of how their information is collected, used, and shared, and to ensure companies who misuse consumer information are held sufficiently accountable”;
  • Promoting “innovation by setting clear and workable rules that enable startups and small businesses to grow and compete”; and
  • Enhancing “data security protections to ensure companies have reasonable practices in place to safeguard consumer information.”

The legislators also cited the potential usefulness of a new federal privacy law, along the lines of the model federal privacy legislation put forward by the Insights Association with Privacy for America, to help "bolster America’s position in the ongoing negotiations with the European Union to create a new framework governing transatlantic data flows."

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