The Washington Post is calling for the passage of a federal privacy law and said that only two main areas are holding up a bill. These are the issue of a federal privacy law preempting existing state privacy laws and the private right of action of citizens. As such, a comprehensive federal privacy law would need to be robust enough to preempt state laws that are inconsistent. While individuals looking to sue must demonstrate financial loss or a defined set of privacy violations to sue under.
Meanwhile, Reuters reports the US Senate has taken the next step to confirm Georgetown Law School professor Alvaro Bedoya to the US Federal Trade Commission. Vice President Kamala Harris broke a 50-50 tie to advance Bedoya's confirmation. Bedoya's confirmation requires three Senate votes instead of two after the Senate Commerce Committee deadlocked in a 14-14 tie and was unable to advance his nomination for a floor vote.
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