|Federal “Do Not Track” Bill IntroducedMultiple federal privacy bills have been introduced, including a recent one by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., that would establish a Do Not Track registry for online data collection similar to the Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call list which allows people to say they do not want to receive telemarketing calls. The bill would allow consumers to opt out of companies collecting data beyond what is “necessary” for the services to run.As has been reported in previous newsletters, AAF is supportive of the enactment of a national privacy standard. We joined in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission supporting the concept and have been participating in meetings of the Privacy for America Coalition, consisting of with many allied associations and companies, to flesh out the specifics of what a national privacy law might look like. In general, AAF and our allies support legislation that would
- Protect consumers nationwide
- Establish new prohibitions on certain data practices, including eligibility, discrimination, assisting and facilitating fraud, and sensitive data
- Create a New Data Protection Bureau at the Federal Trade Commission
- Grant enhanced rulemaking authority to the FTC
- Ensure responsible advertising practices
- Require strong data security protections, and
- Authorize strict penalties for violations.
AAF will continue to work with our industry members and partners to advocate for a strong national privacy law that protects both consumers and industry.