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Democratic and Republican legislators have made it evident that there is a bipartisan appetite for federal privacy legislation. But how we get there, that’s the hard part.
In two hearings this week, legislators from the Senate and the House of Representatives grilled representatives from industry groups and consumer advocacy organizations about what federal privacy legislation should look like and how comprehensive it should be. The clock is ticking—tech companies and industry groups are eager to see a federal bill passed before the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), a comprehensive data privacy rule that is slated to shake up businesses operating in the state, goes into effect in January 2020.