Bipartisan legislation introduced in US to establish national data privacy rights

This bill aims to unify state data privacy laws into one framework, enabling legal action against violators and preventing Big Tech from exploiting personal data without consent.

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Federal lawmakers in the United States have proposed bipartisan legislation, the American Privacy Rights Act, to create clear and enforceable national data privacy rights for Americans.

Similar to the EU’s GDPR, the bill seeks to consolidate the country’s patchwork of state data privacy laws into a comprehensive framework, empowering individuals to take legal action against violators and curbing Big Tech’s exploitation of personal data without consent.

Key features include restrictions on data collection, enhanced consumer control over personal information, and safeguards against discriminatory algorithms. Individuals can refuse algorithmic decisions affecting housing, employment, healthcare, credit, education, and insurance.

If passed, this legislation will represent a significant step forward in bipartisan efforts to address data privacy concerns in the digital age.

Why does it matter?

Amidst the growing importance of personal data for AI companies and concerns over potential foreign access to Americans’ data, the proposed American Privacy Rights Act aims to establish stronger data protections than current state laws, such as California’s. If passed, the bill would mandate companies to disclose details regarding data storage in countries like China and Russia, addressing concerns related to platforms like TikTok. However, the legislation is expected to encounter obstacles in Congress, especially with limited legislative activity anticipated leading up to the 2024 election.