Legislative Committee Update – October 2020

Submitted by Cassi Warren and Bob Mancuso
AAF Omaha Legislative Committee Chairs

A topic that our Legislative Committee is staying on top of, is that of data privacy. On September 23 the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation conducted a hearing entitled, “Revisiting the Need for Federal Data Privacy Legislation.” During the hearing, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) submitted a letter from AAF supported Privacy for America to the record. In response to a question echoing many of AAF and Privacy for America’s concerns related to compliance and consumer protection concerns with multiple state laws Leibowitz expressed support for uniform data protections.

Prior to the hearing, Commerce Committee Chair Roger Wicker (R-MS), and members John Thune (R-SD), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced the Setting an American Framework to Ensure Data Access, Transparency, and Accountability (SAFE DATA) Act. The legislation aims to provide consumers with more choice and control over their data and directs businesses to be more transparent and accountable for their data practices. The bill would also enhance the FTC’s authority and provide additional resources to enforce the Act.

AAF and Privacy for America support an effective national privacy standard that would protect consumers while allowing consumers and businesses to enjoy the many benefits that come with the responsible use of data.

Learn more about this topic in September’s AAF National Government Report.


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