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A US bill takes aim at protecting Americans’ data privacy

The Verge: “Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) and House Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Oregon) announced a new, national data privacy bill called The American Privacy Rights Act (PDF) today. According to their release, the bill would, among other things, “require affirmative express consent sensitive data can be transferred to a third party.” The two were behind a since-stalled version of the bill back in 2022.”

See alsoIAPP – “In a surprise development first reported late 5 April, two key members of U.S. Congress released a draft bipartisan, bicameral federal privacy bill.Little more than two years removed from the last significant attempt to forge national privacy law, U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, went on the record Sunday to discuss the newly released draft legislation. The bill is also available in a section-by-section discussion draft. Committee Chairs Rodgers and Cantwell also published a press release Sunday afternoon. “This bipartisan, bicameral draft legislation is the best opportunity we’ve had in decades to establish a national data privacy and security standard that gives people the right to control their personal information,” Rodgers and Cantwell said. “It strikes a meaningful balance on issues that are critical to moving comprehensive data privacy legislation through Congress.” Journalists from Punchbowl News were the first to report on the expected federal deal. At 53 pages, the proposed American Privacy Rights Act includes requirements on data minimization, consumer rights to opt out of targeted advertising and view, correct, export or delete their data. Additionally, the bill carries data security provisions, a section on “executive responsibility,” and a national data broker registry. There is also provisions to prevent organizations from enforcing mandatory arbitrations when there is significant privacy harm.”

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