The latest on legislative privacy proposals

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U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., reintroduced the Digital Accountability and Transparency to Advance Privacy Act. The comprehensive bill, first proposed in 2019, features data rights, a data protection officer requirement and a required opt-out mechanism with opt-in consent provisions for sensitive data collection. There is no private right of action and the bill does not pre-empt state privacy laws. U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., introduced the Protecting Sensitive Personal Data Act. The proposed legislation would expand oversight authority of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Committee on Foreign Investment involving sensitive personal data.  The Wall Street Journal published a series of op-eds on how to address regulation of social media companies, with U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., both alluding to the need for federal privacy legislation.

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