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Privacy: California may Kill Federal Data Privacy Legislation

By Dick Weisinger

As the Congress’ fall session comes into session there have been hopes that the House would take up consideration of federal privacy legislation. A compromised bill has emerged from the House Energy and Commerce Committee called the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (“ADPPA”) .

Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, isn’t happy with the current bill being considered because it is weaker than existing privacy legislation in California, and passage of the federal bill would effectively eliminate the California law. Pelosi determines which laws will advance to a full vote in the House and without her endorsement, the bill will probably die in its current state.

Some of the highlights of the proposed protections from the ADPPA legislation include:

  • Minimize the amount of data that companies can collect and strictly regulate the use of personal and sensitive data.
  • Include special protections for minors
  • Make it possible for people to access, correct, and delete data collected about themselves
  • Make the decision parameters used by algorithms more transparent
  • Prohibit cross-contextual advertising

Pelosi said that “proudly, California leads the nation not only in innovation but also in consumer protection. With so much innovation happening in our state, it is imperative that California continues offering and enforcing the nation’s strongest privacy rights. California’s landmark privacy laws and the new kids’ age-appropriate design bill, both of which received unanimous and bipartisan support in both chambers, must continue to protect Californians — and states must be allowed to address rapid changes in technology.”

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