WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, Miss. R-N., ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, delivered remarks during the committee’s executive session yesterday. Wicker noted the need for comprehensive data privacy legislation and urged the committee to consider his bipartisan, bicameral American Data Privacy Protection Act (ADPPA).
Remarks in delivery condition:
Four years ago, a bipartisan group of members of this Committee formed a task force to discuss the continuing need for a strong, unified data privacy law in the United States to give Americans more control over their data and protect their personal information from misuse and abuse. Since then, I’ve introduced my own legislation, the Committee has held hearings on comprehensive data privacy as well as children’s data privacy, and we’ve worked with our colleagues in the House to develop a bipartisan bill.
I regret that this committee has not made progress on this very important issue. However, I am pleased to see the House Energy and Commerce Committee continue to move forward on bipartisan privacy legislation that will improve data protection for all Americans – children, teens, and adults. Just last week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee supported the American Data Privacy Protection Act by a vote of 53 to 2. I urge this committee to consider this bipartisan legislation.
The U.S. Data Privacy Protection Act (ADPPA) incorporates several provisions from the Children and Teens Online Privacy Protection Act, the measure we’re going to look at today.
While no legislation is perfect, the ADPPA represents a bipartisan, bicameral compromise that I believe has the best chance of making it to the president’s desk before the end of the year.
I appreciate all the work that has gone into the Children and Teens Online Privacy Protection Act, but the need for a national law that ensures data protection for all must be a priority for this committee. Therefore, I cannot support this law today.
I applaud Senators Blumenthal and Blackburn for their bipartisan efforts on an important series of subcommittee hearings on the safety and well-being of children on social media. The Children’s Online Safety Act is a result of their work and a framework for protecting children, especially as COVID has taken away many everyday online activities.
However, while I am grateful to the authors who have incorporated elements of my amendments into this legislation, more needs to be done to narrow the scope of the bill, define key terms and ensure that we avoid creating a patchwork of inconsistent or conflicting laws governing design and operation covered platforms. I look forward to working with Senators Blackburn and Blumenthal to resolve these issues before bringing this legislation to the floor.
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