Proposed Data Privacy Bill Creates Federal Data Standard, Empowers FTC

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

Rep. Suzan Delbene, D-Washington, introduced a national consumer data privacy bill, which would create a federal data privacy standard and supersede the patchwork of state laws. The proposed legislation includes regulations for a range of data, including genetic and health information.

The proposal is the first privacy legislation of 2021. Congress made consumer data privacy a key priority in 2019 with a number of proposed bills and Congressional hearings to discuss necessary steps to shoring up privacy protections.

Previous hearings and proposals settled on the need for a bipartisan agreement, while empowering the FTC with the authority to impose fines on entities that fail to comply with standards. However, Congress has yet to...

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