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Wed May 1, 2019, 09:55 PM

U.S. lawmakers drafting privacy bill argue about pre-empting California

Source: Reuters

POLITICS MAY 1, 2019 / 4:05 PM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO

U.S. lawmakers drafting privacy bill argue about pre-empting California

David Shepardson
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers drafting online privacy legislation zeroed in on a major point of contention on Wednesday of whether their federal law should pre-empt stringent regulations recently passed by California that could hurt corporate profits.

Lawmakers in a Senate Commerce Committee hearing also discussed whether it was adequate to simply ask consumers to consent to data collection and how the new law would be enforced.

Democrats and Republicans generally agree new rules are needed on what data social media companies can collect on consumers and what they should be allowed to do with that data, not only for the biggest players like Facebook Inc and Alphabet’s Google, but also smaller online firms.

The privacy bill is one of the few pieces of legislation that lobbyists believe has a decent chance of becoming law because it is a bipartisan concern and does not cost taxpayers money.

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