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Wicker joins House leaders to release bipartisan discussion draft of comprehensive data privacy bill

By: Anne Summerhays - June 3, 2022

The draft legislation is the first comprehensive privacy proposal to gain bipartisan, bicameral support.

On Friday, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation joined U.S. Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, in releasing a discussion draft of a comprehensive national data privacy and data security framework.

The draft legislation is the first comprehensive privacy proposal to gain bipartisan and bicameral support.

Wicker, Pallone, and Rodgers said that this effort to produce a comprehensive data privacy framework has been years in the making, and the release of this discussion draft represents a critical milestone.

“In the coming weeks, we will be working with our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to build support and finalize this standard to give Americans more control over their personal data. We welcome and encourage all of our colleagues to join us in this effort to enable meaningful privacy protections for Americans and provide businesses with operational certainty. This landmark agreement represents the sum of years of good faith efforts by us, other Members, and numerous stakeholders as we work together to provide American consumers with comprehensive data privacy protections,” the lawmakers added.

The three committee leaders also said that this bill strikes a meaningful balance on issues that are critical to moving comprehensive data privacy legislation through Congress, including the development of a uniform, national data privacy framework, the creation of a robust set of consumers’ data privacy rights, and appropriate enforcement mechanisms.

“We believe strongly that this standard represents the best opportunity to pass a federal data privacy law in decades, and we look forward to continuing to work together to get this bill finalized and signed into law soon,” Wicker, Pallone, and Rodgers concluded.

The American Data Privacy and Protection Act would establish a strong national framework to protect consumer data privacy and security and also rant broad protections for Americans against the discriminatory use of their data.

The legislation would also establish regulatory parity across the internet ecosystem; promote innovation and preserve the opportunity for start-ups and small businesses to grow and compete; and provide enhanced data protections for children and minors, including what they might agree to with or without parental approval.

The bill would also require:

  • Covered entities to minimize on the front end individuals’ data they need to collect, process, and transfer so that the use of consumer data is limited to what is reasonably necessary, proportionate, and limited for specific products and services.
  • Covered entities to comply with loyalty duties with respect to specific practices while ensuring consumers don’t have to pay for privacy.
  • Covered entities to allow consumers to turn off targeted advertisements.

Senator Wicker empathized that this bipartisan and bicameral effort has been years in the making.

Rep. Pallone said that he is pleased o join bipartisan House and Senate leaders to announce our data privacy discussion draft.

“This critical milestone represents the best opportunity to pass a federal data privacy law to give Americans more control over their personal data,” Pallone said.

Rep. Rodgers said that she is leading with Sen. Wicker and Rep. Pallone on a “strong national privacy framework to protect Americans’ data & personal information.”

Click here to read a section-by-section on the discussion draft.

You can read the discussion draft bill text below.

Discussion Draft of Comprehensive Data Privacy Bill by yallpolitics on Scribd

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth. Email Anne: