U.S. Senator Introduces Online Data Privacy Legislation

Members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation introduced federal online privacy legislation. Ranking Member U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), along with Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Ed Markey (D-MA) unveiled the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act of 2019 (COPRA) which establishes privacy rights and improves data security safeguards for consumers. According to Senator Cantwell, the legislation will give Americans control over their personal data, prohibits companies from using consumers’ data for harm, establishes standards on the collection, use, sharing and protection of data, penalizes companies that fail to meet these standards, and codifies the rights of individuals to pursue claims against entities that violate their data privacy rights. The bill will also give the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) new enforcement powers to take action against unlawful discrimination based on personal data in the digital economy.

To read a 1-pager on the bill, click here.

To read the press release from Senator Cantwell’s office, click here.

Written by Alexandra Moyer

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