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Sen. Moran introduces bill to create clear standard for data privacy

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Published: Apr. 29, 2021 at 4:42 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIBW) - Senator Jerry Moran has introduced a bill to create clear federal standards for consumer data privacy.

Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) says he has reintroduced the Consumer Data Privacy and Security Act to strengthen laws regarding consumers’ personal data and create clear standards and regulations for businesses that collect, process and use the data.

“More and more Americans are recognizing the need for a clear federal standard for data privacy that guarantees them the ability to determine how their personal data is used,” said Sen. Moran. “Americans need to be able to count on strong baseline responsibilities that businesses must uphold when collecting, processing and protecting their personally identifiable information. Without action from Congress, consumers will continue to be vulnerable to future threats against their personal data, and innovators and job creators will be plagued with regulatory uncertainty resulting from a growing patchwork of state laws. It is clear that Congress needs to act, and I encourage my colleagues to support the Consumer Data Privacy and Security Act as the federal standard for comprehensive privacy legislation.”

According to Sen. Moran, survey results have shown an overwhelming majority of residents want a national standard for privacy and believe that data privacy should be a priority for Congres.

Sen. Moran said the Consumer Data Privacy and Security Act would do the following:

  • Establish a clear federal standard for data privacy protection, giving businesses a uniform standard rather than a patchwork of confusing state laws.
  • Provide consumers with control over their own data to access, correct and erase their personal data.
  • Require businesses that collect and process a significant amount of personal data to take extra precautionary steps to protect and responsibly process that data.
  • Prohibit companies from collecting data without consumers’ consent with limited and specific exceptions.
  • Require businesses to develop and implement robust data security programs to protect personal data from unauthorized access and disclosure.
  • Equip the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys general with authority to uniformly enforce federal consumer privacy protections while providing the FTC the resources necessary to carry out those authorities.

The Kansas Senator said several leading business and privacy organizations are supportive of the Consumer Data Privacy and Security Act. He said this includes the National Retail Federation, Main Street Privacy Coalition, BSA – The Software Alliance, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, Garmin and the Kansas City Tech Council.

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