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Online Privacy Bill Clears Early Hurdle in House

Friday June 24, 2022. 08:57 PM , from Slashdot
Bipartisan legislation to establish broad privacy rights for consumers won approval from a House subcommittee on Thursday, adding to its momentum. From a report: Lawmakers approved the bill, the American Data Privacy and Protection Act, on a voice vote with no dissent. It now moves to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for a vote. The bill still faces a long and potentially difficult path, particularly in the Senate. Rep. Frank Pallone (D., N.J.), the committee chairman and a sponsor of the bill, termed it 'a massive step forward.'

'Every American knows it is long past time for Congress to protect their data privacy and security,' he said. 'The modern world demands it.' Republicans also praised the legislation, while suggesting more changes might be needed. 'This bill protects all Americans, regardless of ZIP Code, and provides certainty for businesses so they clearly understand their obligations,' said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.), the committee's top Republican. She said the legislation also would strengthen national security by requiring companies such as TikTok -- owned by Beijing-based ByteDance -- to specify when they are transferring and storing consumers' data in countries such as China.

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