28 Sep National Privacy Law Could Negate State Efforts, Lawmakers Say
At the Senate Commerce Committee hearing last Wednesday, several Democratic senators argued that the national privacy law being pushed by the tech industry might just be used to override California’s strict new data law.
Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii said that a weaker, “non-progressive” federal statute intended solely to negate California’s privacy rules won’t get the bipartisan support it needs.
Top executives from firms including Amazon, Google, AT&T, and Charter Communications expressed their support for a federal proposal that could preempt “inconsistent” state privacy laws. Apple, which does not rely on advertising revenue, also echoed the sentiment, saying that the federal law should be strong enough to provide meaningful consumer protections.