With digital privacy law, don’t repeat mistakes of the past

Source: Roger Ford, The Hill

California’s sweeping new privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act, has forced Congress to seriously consider comprehensive federal privacy legislation for the first time. With House and Senate panels beginning to develop principles for privacy regulation, and tech companies embracing the possibility of federal privacy regulation after years of resistance, the battle to shape federal regulation is underway. If Congress wants to ensure that consumers are protected, though, it should take care not to repeat the mistakes of the past by stripping states of their power to protect privacy.

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