Though recent bills are similar, lawmakers have yet to resolve two polarizing issues: preemption and private right to action.
The Senate may be reaching a tipping point on the need to pass comprehensive federal data privacy legislation, but ironing out the details relating to implementation and enforcement mechanisms remains a challenge.
A Wednesday Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing served as a forum for lawmakers to air their differences on how to effectively legislate national privacy standards. Though a cadre of former Federal Trade Commission officials, along with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, all emphasized the need for a comprehensive bill, they were preaching to the choir. Both Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., respectively the chair and ranking member of the committee, have introduced comprehensive privacy legislation.