February 8, 2019
By Sara Merken
The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing Feb. 27 on data privacy.
Lawmakers are weighing whether and how to write a broad new privacy law amid a series of data scandals.
The committee has a “responsibility and obligation to develop a federal privacy standard to protect consumers without stifling innovation, investment, or competition,” said Republican Roger Wicker of Mississippi, the committee chairman.
Wicker, along with Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is working on legislation. Other lawmakers have introduced proposals, as well.
“As we continue to examine this critically important issue, I hope this first hearing will offer valuable insights that will help set the stage for meaningful bipartisan legislation,” Wicker said.