House Committee formally introduces ADPPA

22/06/2022 | House Committee on Energy and Commerce

The US House Committee on Energy and Commerce has formally introduced the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA) and scheduled it for committee markup on 13 June. A joint statement said the markup is "another major step in putting people back in control of their data and strengthening our nation's privacy and data security protections." The House Representatives also noted that they "welcome and encourage input" from relevant stakeholders as the legislative process moves forward. The IAPP reported on the first House hearing regarding the draft bill earlier this month. 

In related news, The Washington Post (£) reports US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chair Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., will not support the ADPPA as it is currently constituted. Cantwell's opposition, which was already known, centres on the fact that she feels the current bill contains "major enforcement holes" and has asked Senate and House counterparts to "come back to the table on something strong." Cantwell added Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., indicated there's "no way they're bringing that bill up in the Senate." 

Meanwhile, Cameron Kerry wrote an op-ed for the Brookings Institution that discussed how the US Congress could reach full bipartisanship and finalise the ADPPA. Kerry said the differences between the ADPPA and a 2019 bill circulated by Cantwell are not that big, but the current version of the proposal is not on a path toward passage. In order to appease all parties, Kerry suggested some compromises on limits for collection, use and transfer of data, along with the duties of loyalty will be required. 

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