Media Recap: E&C Leads to Strengthen Data Privacy Protections for All Americans

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is leading to advance the American Privacy Rights Act, which establishes strong data privacy protections for people of every age in every state.

Last week, the Committee held a legislative hearing to consider data privacy and security proposals that eliminate the existing patchwork of state laws, protect children online, set clear national data privacy rights, and give Americans the ability to enforce their privacy rights. 

Kara Frederick, Director of the Tech Policy Center at the Heritage Foundation, said this on Fox & Friends about the American Privacy Rights Act: “This is the moment. This is the first time the United States could actually pass a national data protection framework which protects us, young and old. [The American Privacy Rights Act] is the thing we should be training our focus on because it underpins everything that kids can do on social media and every predation that Big Tech can train on young children.”

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Politico Pro – Morning Technology:

On the same page: One area of consensus was APRA’s data minimization standard [...] which requires a company to only collect the information that’s necessary to provide its services to users. 

“Five out of the six witnesses Wednesday said data minimization is the most essential provision in APRA. 

“This provision would be a shift from the current data collection model of 'notice and consent,' where companies can collect and use data for purposes disclosed in their privacy policies unless a person opts out.” 


“APRA even came up when the discussion switched to bills about children’s safety online, including the Kids Online Safety Act and the Children and Teens Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA 2.0). Companions to both bills have advanced out of the Senate Commerce Committee and are awaiting a Senate floor vote.”

Washington Post:

“House lawmakers pledged to take swift action on data privacy and children’s online safety at a key legislative hearing Wednesday.”


“Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee touted the breakthrough deal struck by Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) as a significant step forward in the debate over privacy protections. Several expressed confidence that Congress will finally get a national law on the books after years of false starts.

“'I’m fired up. We’ve got to get this done,’ said Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis (R-Fla.), whose subcommittee held the hearing. ‘I’m fired up, too. […] We do need to get this done,’ echoed Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.).”

The Verge:

“Legislators are ‘fired up’ about what they see as an actual chance at passing comprehensive privacy reform. 

We might really do it this time.

“That was the takeaway that House lawmakers were eager to impart at a hearing in the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on innovation, data, and commerce (IDC). Comprehensive data privacy legislation is on the table yet again—but this time, it’s different.”


“Comprehensive privacy protection has been a shared bipartisan goal for years but has failed to become law due to disagreements on the finer points: Should they preempt state legislation that’s provided some baseline protections in the absence of federal ones? Should individual consumers have a private right of action to sue for violations of their data rights?

“This is the closest that Congress has gotten to advancing comprehensive privacy legislation in some time.” 

Read more coverage from Yahoo News, The National Desk, and Inside Radio.




CLICK HERE to watch Chair Rodgers on NewsNation discussing the American Privacy Rights Act.